Kevin Phillips has tipped Jurgen Klopp to make some shock selections and blood the Liverpool rising stars if they wrap up an early title win.
However, the former Sunderland and Aston Villa striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, urged the Reds manager to only may a few changes as other teams will still be fighting for survival or a European spot.
If Manchester City lose to Arsenal on 17 June, the Premier League leaders will only need to beat Everton four days later to win their first league title in 30 years.
Failing that, two wins from their final nine games will be enough to ensure the trophy heads back to Anfield.
Phillips believes Klopp will be blessed with a wonderful chance to develop and assess his fringe and younger players as a result of this.
“I think it is a great opportunity for any manager,” he told Football Insider.
“Yes, you want to pick your best squad every week but once you have won the Premier League there is a fantastic opportunity to give players who have been on the fringes a chance.
“Unfortunately, that will annoy people and put some noses out of joint but that is the way football is but I am not talking about seven, eight changes – I am talking about two or three.
“I am not talking about changing the whole team which is not fair on the other teams who are still fighting for something.”
Five subs allowed in the final nine PL games will be great news for youngsters like Harvey Elliott, Curtis Jones and Neco Williams. Can see all three getting opportunities during the run-in #LFC
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceLFC) June 4, 2020
The Athletic’s James Pearce claims Curtis Jones, Neco Williams and Harvey Elliott will all be given opportunities in the run in with the substitute allocation moving up from three to five.
Football Insider revealed that Elliott will sign a new contract at Anfield this summer after he agreed terms on a new three-year deal.
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