Jurgen Klopp’s squad rotation for Liverpool’s 2-1 FA Cup defeat at Wolves was let down by players who “failed miserably”, according to former England captain Alan Shearer.
Klopp made nine changes to his starting XI, which included two teenage debutants – and brought on a third after an early injury to Dejan Lovren.
“When you rotate as he did you’re gambling,” Shearer told BBC Sport.
“He’s looking to these guys to give him a performance – they failed miserably.”
Shearer later tweeted: “I was brought up watching Liverpool trying to win every trophy. Why should that change?”
Klopp’s potent attacking trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane began on the bench as the manager picked Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi in attack.
However, there was only one pass made between the pair and only one touch in the opposition’s penalty area during the first half.
Origi did produce a better display after the break, scoring Liverpool’s equaliser, but Sturridge, out of contract in the summer, failed to make an impact and was replaced in the 70th minute.
At the other end, left-back Alberto Moreno was the only recognised defensive player in a backline which contained midfielder Fabinho at centre-back, alongside 16-year-old Dutch defender Ki-Jana Hoever, who replaced Lovren. Portuguese Rafael Camacho, 18, started at right-back.
“It’s all my responsibility – they had no rhythm,” Klopp told BBC Sport. “There were not a lot of good decisions from me – that’s how the days are sometimes.”