Klopp makes Liverpool selection pledge ahead of Porto clash

Date published: Monday 5th March 2018 7:05

Jurgen Klopp has insisted he will resist the urge to rest key players ahead of their Champions League last 16 second leg tie against Porto.

The Reds hammered the Portuguese outfit 5-0 away from home in the first leg and look a dead certainty to go through to the quarter-finals.

Nonetheless, Klopp – who led former club Borussia Dortmund to the final at Wembley in 2013 – is taking nothing for granted and says he will probably only make up to three changes, fitness and illness permitting.

“We respect Porto too much and respect the competition too much that we would think about real rotation,” he said.

“We don’t rotate to avoid something, we only use the players which are in the best shape and if there will be a different line-up to Saturday it is only because we want to win the game and no other reason.

“That is what I meant when I said we would not rest players. We will maybe make one, two, three changes but only to win the game.”


Of those changes, Adam Lallana could be handed a first start since the FA Cup win over Everton in early January.

Fellow midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum is still struggling with illness but youngster Ben Woodburn has recovered from his bout of sickness.


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Liverpool squad: Karius, Gomez, Van Dijk, Matip, Moreno, Can, Lallana, Milner, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Firmino, Mane, Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Lovren, Klavan, Robertson, Henderson, Salah, Woodburn, Solanke, Ings.


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