Klopp explains reasons for making six changes in Genk clash

Date published: Tuesday 5th November 2019 7:49

Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp has explained the reasoning behind the six changes to his side for the Champions League clash against Genk at Anfield. 

It looks as if James Milner will be playing at left-back, as Andy Robertson is only on the bench, while Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are also left out.

Divock Origi starts up front, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain will play out wide and Joe Gomez replaces Dejan Lovren at centre-back.

In comes midfielder Fabinho, who was an unused substitute on Saturday. He replaces the ill Jordan Henderson. Naby Keita also comes in for Adam Lallana.

Speaking to BT Sport ahead of the game, Klopp said: “The idea was not to rest players but to bring in fresh legs, fresh ideas and fresh skills.”

On Jordan Henderson missing training: “He was ill and not there at all. We have to be really careful so he stayed at home today. He wanted to play but we said ‘go home again, you look as white as a sheet!’

“There is pretty much always expectation now when we play so that’s not any different. There is always space in behind and between the lines so we have to find it. We have to accelerate, be strong, quick and direct. There is a lot of things to do. These boys have played together a lot of times. It’s important. Let’s play a football game!

“Nobody knows how the other game will go. We have to win ours then it is clear what we need in the last two games but we have to win. Every game is the most important in our life. It’s very important so we have to show that on the pitch.”

 

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