By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Jurgen Klopp has revealed the Liverpool players covered a record-breaking distance between them in their League Cup clash against Stoke in midweek.
Klopp will ring the changes for the FA Cup showdown against West Ham on Saturday due to the efforts of the team in their semi-final second leg on Tuesday night.
The team covered a combined 156 kilometres at Anfield, with some players covering 17km in the match.
Liverpool lost the match, which went into extra time, 1-0 but, with the scores tied at 1-1 on aggregate, beat Stoke in a penalty shoot-out to clinch a place against Manchester City in the League Cup final.
“The Stoke game maybe was not our best football ever but we broke records and ran 156 kilometres,” Klopp told his media briefing on Friday afternoon. “Stoke had thee kilometres less – so it was intense.
“It was an intensive game versus Stoke. We broke all records for (distance covered). We cannot ignore this. We will not ignore this.”
Klopp compared Liverpool’s gruelling schedule to those of some of the in-form Premier League team.
“Leicester had three days off, Tottenham were in Barcelona. We have been playing games and training,” explained the manager.
Klopp is set to field a weakened team in the FA Cup for a second consecutive round after a youthful side overcame League Two side Exeter in the third round of the competition.
“It will be another young side. It will be a different team for sure. Some players covered 17km in that last game. We have to make a few changes, we will make them, but only because we want to win the game.
“The last FA Cup game versus Exeter was great. The boys will give everything.”