Jurgen Klopp explains Liverpool team selection as seven changes made for Fulham
Jurgen Klopp has outlined the reasons for his Liverpool side making seven changes for the visit of Fulham.
Sadio Mane, Thiago, Fabinho and Trent Alexander-Arnold are among those who drop out of the starting XI, with the four players on the bench.
“Two changes we had to make because of injuries – Bobby [Firmino] and Ozan [Kabak],” Klopp said to Sky Sports. “The others we thought it made sense.
“We are in an intense period and we thought we had an opportunity to change some players who have had at least more sessions in their legs, so we thought it fits well together. That is the plan – getting fresh legs and trying to give Fulham a proper fight.”
Diogo Jota is back in the side, starting for the first time since December.
“Diogo, we missed him a lot and having him back is good,” Klopp added. “He had a little [time against Chelsea], 30 minutes, and today he can start.”
And Liverpool have another new centre-back partnership as Rhys Williams partners Nat Phillips – their 19th of the campaign to date.
“Everybody can imagine that it is not easy,” Klopp concluded.
“It is not easy, but it is our situation, we cannot change.
“I’m not sure when he had the possibility to use the same two times in a row, but it is all good.
“We deal with it and try to make things happen, and today again.”