'This is crash helmet time now' - Steven Gerrard reacts to Liverpool's shock FA Cup defeat
Steven Gerrard suggested it was ‘crash helmet time’ for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool his players after their shock FA Cup exit at the hands of Wolves.
After a Premier League defeat against Swansea last weekend and a midweek EFL Cup exit against Southampton, Klopp took a risk by leaving a host of his star names out of his line-up for the visit of Wolves to Anfield.
The Championship side took full advantage of Liverpool’s depleted line-up as they stormed into a 2-0 first half lead and eased to a relatively comfortable 2-1 win despite a late goal from Divock Origi for Klopp’s side.
Klopp was quick to take responsibility for the defeat, but former Reds skipper Steven Gerrard insisted the players now have a huge task to bounce back in Tuesday’s Premier League game against title favourites Chelsea at Anfield.
“He is protecting the players by taking responsibility, but the players have to regroup and regroup quickly,” Gerrard told BT Sport.
“This is crash helmet time now and they need a massive response against Chelsea in a few days time.
“They have major problems against teams on the counter attack and they are about to play the best counter attacking team in the Premier League on Tuesday night.
“They have had problems with the counter attack all week because their full-backs are too high and they can’t get back into position quick enough. With two centre-halves, you are vulnerable down the sides.
“We mentioned it before the game, Liverpool are not getting enough shots on goal to score goals and they're having problems at the other end. That's not a shock, but the scoreline is.
“This is a bad result for Liverpool, as the manager just said. There needs to be a reaction very quickly.”
Don't get Klopp playing his reserves with no European football. Shows a lack of knowledge of the depth in English football and respect.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 28, 2017
The response on social media was predictably vitriolic, with goal scoring greats Gary Lineker and Alan Shearer among those questioning the team selection made by Klopp on a day when his side desperately needed a win.