Klopp couldn’t explain why he left Liverpool trio out

Date published: Monday 26th February 2018 9:26

Jurgen Klopp admits he would struggle to explain to three Liverpool players why he left them out against West Ham.

Liverpool eased to a 4-1 victory over the Hammers on Saturday to temporarily lift them into second place, before Manchester United jumped back ahead of them by beating Chelsea on Sunday.

It was their third consecutive win, and the sixth straight game they have scored two goals or more.

But Klopp admits it is becoming “quite difficult” to rotate his side.

Dejan Lovren and Dominic Solanke were unused substitutes at Anfield while Ragnar Klavan was not even in the squad, and Klopp admitted that he would not be able to explain to them why they were left out if they asked.

“You lose a little bit if you win all the time. We didn’t win all the time but two, three or four weeks in a row and then it is hard to win the fifth one as well, to stay on track and do it,” he told LFC TV.

“That’s why it is fantastic that we have different options. Not on each position but on a lot of positions. They push each other. That helps us the most.

“Even though they like each other, that keeps them on fire. They all want to play. You saw Mo Salah, three minutes before the end of the match and he sees his number (go up on the board) *slumps*.

“Dejan Lovren on the bench, he didn’t ask but could I explain it? No. It was a little bit about tiredness but he could have played really.

“Ragnar Klavan not in the squad, he didn’t ask, could I explain it? No. Ingsy (Danny Ings) ill. Dom Solanke last week was not in the squad. Reasons? No. That is the situation you want as a manager but it is quite difficult.

“In this moment when they are all fit, and it should stay like this because we need them all, then there is not a lot to explain, it’s just to accept and then to play your best football.”


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