Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has explained why his rotation method is so important for the performance of the first team.
Klopp’s Liverpool host Newcastle at Anfield tomorrow evening in good form with four wins from their last five games in all competitions.
Not that the German is getting carried away.
“I got manager of the month once and it didn’t change my life. I like the story Chris (Hughton) is writing at Brighton,” after being nominated for manager of the month for February.
He was however not in charitable mood at his news conference on Friday and aims not to give anything away against the Geordies this season.
“I like Rafa Benitez as a person but we’ve given enough presents to him! We were 2-0 up (at Anfield last season and drew 2-2),” added Klopp.
“Woodburn and Wijnaldum have been ill for a week or so. It’s more than a cold.
“We have no big injuries it’s true and hopefully it stays like this.”
The German then revealed his rotation policy, which has come under fire this season, is not just aimed at giving players time off.
“Rotation is not always about resting players, it’s about using the competition in the squad to get them to perform again. It’s about making pressure,” added Klopp.