Jurgen Klopp has been criticised for his use of Fabio Carvalho by Peterborough chairman Darragh MacAnthony.
Carvalho, who joined the Reds from Fulham in the summer, was a surprise starter during Liverpool’s 3-3 draw at home to Brighton.
The 20-year-old struggled to make an impact and was substituted at half time on what was just his second start for Liverpool.
And this didn’t sit well with MacAnthony, who is a Liverpool fan, as he believes Carvalho needs a more gradual introduction into the first-team fold.
“He [Klopp] needs to take some of those players out the firing line,” MacAnthony said on The Hard Truth podcast.
“I’m watching on Saturday and I’m a Carvalho fan, he’s going to be a terrific player, but you’re playing Brighton. They are no mugs, they’re a good team.
“And you pick a front three of Carvalho, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah. On the bench Diogo Jota, Luis Diaz, Darwin Nunez. £200 million worth of strikers on the bench.
“Did you arrogantly think that you were just going to roll over Brighton? You didn’t need to do that with Carvalho, don’t kill the kid. Take your time. Diaz should have been in, or Nunez has to be in.”
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It’s been a difficult start to the season for Liverpool, who find themselves ninth in the Premier League.
One player who has particularly struggled is Nunez, who joined the Reds in the summer in what could rise to a record £85million deal for the club.
And MacAnthony believes the Uruguayan forward isn’t being handled correctly either.
“If I’m the owner of Liverpool – and I’m not their [FSG] biggest fan – but let me tell you right now if you spent £70 million on Nunez, we’re not handling him right,” MacAnthony added.