Neville backs Klopp over Liverpool rotation

Date published: Friday 15th December 2017 10:38

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has been backed in his decision to continually rotate his squad by former Man Utd and Everton star Phil Neville.

Klopp has come under scrutiny over the last week, having made six changes for the Merseyside derby against Everton, after a 7-0 Champions League win, only to draw 1-1.

Another disappointing home draw followed against West Brom on Wednesday night, with Liverpool’s rhythm deserting them once again as Klopp shuffled his pack for the third time in 11 days.

Former United and Everton defender Phil Neville, however, speaking on Sky’s The Debate, feels Klopp has every right to rotate to ensure his side avoid a repeat of their nightmare January last season.

A tired-looking Reds side won just one of seven league games in January and Neville feels that Klopp is doing what is best for his side.

“With the way he plays, he has to rotate,” Neville said. “I actually agree with what he is doing. I think he did take a little bit of a risk on Sunday against Everton. They dominated the game, then Everton got the penalty and got the draw.

“Then, against West Brom, Klopp played his strongest team and they also drew. You are damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

“In the three or four games before that when he rotated and they got good results and nobody said anything about it.

“He has to make sure that in December and January his best players are fit and ready, because if they’re not and they suffer the injuries they had last January, particularly the way that he plays, they will again have a difficult January-February.”

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