Klopp defends Liverpool’s rotation policy

first_imgLiverpool Klopp defends Liverpool rotation policy after back-to-back draws Russell Greaves 09:33 12/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Jurgen Klopp - cropped Getty Images Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Premier League AFC Bournemouth v Liverpool AFC Bournemouth The Reds dropped four points in as many days at Anfield, but the manager has no regrets over his team selections Jurgen Klopp has defended his rotation policy after making changes for Liverpool’s back-to-back home draws in the Premier League this month.The Reds were held by Merseyside rivals Everton last weekend and laboured to a goalless draw when West Brom visited Anfield on Wednesday.Having beaten Spartak Moscow 7-0 in the Champions League, Klopp rested the hat-trick hero from that game against the Toffees, as Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho joined compatriot Roberto Firmino – who also scored against the Russians – on the bench. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player They started against the Baggies, but Klopp felt he was justified in affording his leading talents a rest from time to time.”We have to make sure we have as fit as possible players for the specific game,” the Liverpool boss said ahead of Sunday’s trip to Bournemouth.  “We thought and we still think the squad gives us that opportunity. I can understand after two draws at home there is criticism – but they were two completely different games. Against Everton we were unlucky and against West Brom it was not a good game.Klopp on @officialAL20 : “Adam is back in full and normal training. If nothing changed since yesterday then he will be ready for the squad at least.” pic.twitter.com/mBTSWv1yvN — Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 15, 2017 “Even the players I rotate still have two games per week, rather than three games per week.”We had a very important game against Moscow and couldn’t think about anything else. Other teams could rest players for that last round.”The German confirmed goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was set to come back into the starting line-up after a minor ankle problem.He also offered an update on the other fitness concerns in his squad, adding: “Joel Matip is in a good way, running outside, but not available for the weekend. Same for Nathaniel Clyne. Daniel Sturridge we have to wait. Adam Lallana is back in full and normal training. If nothing changed since yesterday then he will be ready for the squad at least.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more