Jurgen Klopp explained his bizarre decision to play Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum in a three-man defence with Dejan Lovren, revealing Liverpool “had big problems” ahead of the game.
In an interview with the club’s official site, the German manager revealed they received “information” late regarding all of their centre-halves, bar Lovren, resulting in them being unable to play.
“We had big problems line-up-wise,” revealed the Reds boss adding, “we had to make a quick decision, we had 20-odd minutes in training.”
In total the German boss made six changes from the side that defeated Stoke City on Wednesday and revealed they simply had to do it, not just because of their defenders being out but because of upcoming games as well.
Liverpool now face another mid-week fixture hosting Spartak Moscow on Wednesday, which is a game they need to gain at least a point from to qualify for the Champions League knockout stages.
Then the Reds have a crucial game against bitter rivals Everton in the Merseyside Derby next Sunday.
Klopp revealed with a fixture list like this that results may suggest they’re flying but in reality it’s not like this, as the team have to”work really hard” to get the results.
Liverpool moved up to fourth in the Premier League after the impressive win.
In other Liverpool news, midfielder James Milner has admitted that he is surprised by the recent form of this Reds attacker.