Former Everton defender Alan Stubbs has criticised Jurgen Klopp's team selection for the Merseyside derby and says the Liverpool manager should be held responsible after the Reds were held to a 1-1 draw against the Toffees at Anfield.
Klopp saw his side register a crushing 7-0 win over Spartak Moscow in the Champions League group stage fixture at home, days before the derby clash. Philippe Coutinho was the star man against the Russian outfit as the former Inter Milan man netted his first hattrick in the competition.
The Brazil international's compatriot Roberto Firmino also scored and registered an assist against Spartak. However, the duo were dropped to the bench against Everton and both came on as substitutes in the second half.
Summer signings Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Dominic Solanke were given a start alongside Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane to lead Liverpool's attack. The Egyptian's goal in the first half put the Reds in front and he was Liverpool's best player on the pitch. Salah was also taken off the pitch as Klopp replaced him with Firmino.
Wayne Rooney's second half penalty saw Sam Allardyce's side settle for a point. Stubbs believes Everton would have struggled to get a result at Anfield if Coutinho and Firmino had started in the Merseyside derby.
"Klopp has got to hold his hands up, and I think he did that after the game. When he was questioned about his team selection he said, 'I appreciate that, that's my department, I'll take it [the criticism] if that's the case', but he certainly looked a frustrated man. And he's got only himself to blame," Stubbs told talkSPORT.
"I would have been delighted when I saw Liverpool's team yesterday. It's not to say that it was a considerably weaker team, but when you don't play your best players in a derby...
"A lot of Liverpool fans would have turned up to the game thinking, 'what's he doing'? This is a derby, it's not just another game, and I think foreign coaches sometimes don't get it as much. He's got only himself to blame really.
"I honestly think with those players [Coutinho and Firmino] on the pitch it would have been really hard for Everton to get a result.
"No disrespect to [Dominic] Solanke but, if you put Coutinho up there, as a defender you're thinking, 'oh, no'. The movement is completely different, the link-up play is different, the speed is different."