There is something to be said for "automatism"—the term Jurgen Klopp uses for the ideal play of his midfield. But this automatism cannot be valued over all other things, particularly class.
Dortmund indeed have few options in central midfield, and as a result, Oliver Kirch made a rare start on Saturday. The 31-year-old also played 90 minutes in Hannover a week ago and came off the bench in Freiburg.
He has been a Dortmund player for the majority of two seasons and by now is well-acquainted with Klopp's system. But that doesn't make him a great player. On Saturday, a minute after he won the ball before passing to precisely no-one, the ex-Kaiserslautern man inadvertently played a well-weighted through-pass to Christian Gentner for Stuttgart's opener.
Kirch later was fortunate not to be red carded after already once being booked, and he was substituted on the hour mark.
Although he only has been a Dortmund player since the end of January, surely Milos Jojic must be a better option to play in defensive midfield. Klopp would be wise to consider the Serb, who has an abundance of class and potential—if not yet automatism—to offer.