Former Liverpool midfielder Danny Murphy has questioned Jurgen Klopp’s instance to play out from the back after the 2-0 defeat at Burnley.
“They’re not Barcelona,” quipped Murphy after the Reds were caught trying to play short passes out of defence for Burnley’s opening goal after just two minutes on Saturday.
Andre Gray intercepted Nathaniel Clyne’s poor pass before feeding Sam Vokes, who hammered the ball past Simon Mignolet at Turf Moor and Murphy was critical of Liverpool’s inability to alter their tactics.
Speaking on Match of the Day, Murphy said: “There are issues. And at the start of this game, there were real issues.
“Jurgen Klopp has obviously encouraged them to play out from the back, which is not a problem. It can be a good way to play. But are they good enough to do this all the time? Not quite. They’re not Barcelona. They’ve got to mix their game up better.
“Burnley will have watched the game at Arsenal last week and thought ‘tell you what, we’ll go and have a press as well. While we’ve got our energy, we’ll get on the front foot.’
“After two minutes, talk about creating problems for yourself. But they didn’t learn their lesson. You’d think the goalkeeper might say ‘get up there, let me put some long balls up there and let’s get some second balls and get us in the game.’
“And before you know, you have got a mountain to climb. You can’t concede two goals in the first half and expect to get back into the game.
“For the life of me, I can’t understand why players can’t make their own decisions sometimes. Yes, you work on stuff through the week, but when you keep losing the ball, you’re not quite at it, it’s windy and Burnley are on the front foot, you can’t keep giving the ball away like that. You can’t win matches like that.”