LIVERPOOL boss Jurgen Klopp has revealed why he left out Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino
Liverpool boss Klopp made wholesale changes to his side after the 1-0 victory over Everton on Sunday.
Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino were all left out of the starting XI, which surprised some fans on Merseyside.
“That’s absolutely normal in this period of the season,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official site.
“I said to the boys in the meeting: I have done the job now for a while and if somebody would have told me 15 years ago I could change seven positions and have a line-up like that, I would have said it was not possible.
“We do it because we can do it, because we have to do it in two or three cases, and because we can do it because we have these boys. They train really hard. The midfielders played a lot of games already.
“We had to change the midfield, the most intense area of the pitch. Using Daniel was clear; Div after the last game makes sense, using the momentum, trying to use it. Alberto – Robbo played pretty much all the games so far. Gini played a lot of games.
“There’s always a reason. But, in the end, you cannot only change; you have to make sure that it fits, that it’s tuned.
“The two sessions we had where we could work a little bit on it, it looked really well, so I’m looking forward to this game.”
But Liverpool fans took to Twitter to make their feelings known about Klopp’s odd decision to drop all three attacking stars and make wholesale changes elsewhere on the pitch.
Taking to Twitter, one angry supporter wrote: “Cheers my son is crying – nice one!”
Another said: “This lineup has dropped points all over it.”
One said: “Unbeaten run was nice while it lasted.”
One fan wrote: “No Mane, Firmino or Salah. Wow I never thought I’d see that. Henderson, Milner, Keita, don’t like that. Defence is disastrous.”
Another added: “Bye bye Premier League title.”
And one said: “Wow Klopp must want to lose this game?!”
Elsewhere on the pitch, Andrew Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Fabinho were also dropped.
James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Naby Keita will start in midfield.