Confirmed: Klopp makes big Liverpool team line-up decision v Porto, fans will be concerned
Jurgen Klopp has said that he won’t make wholesale changes to the Liverpool side to play Porto on Tuesday.
Liverpool smashed the Portuguese side 5-0 away from home and with a massive Premier League game against Man United on Saturday, he might have been expected to rest some of his key stars.
However, that isn’t the case and Klopp said that he respected the side and the competition too much to make “real rotation”.
Klopp was talking in the pre-match press conference ahead of the second leg at Anfield, and his remarks were quoted by James Pearce from the Echo.
Klopp: "We respect Porto too much and we respect the competition too much to think about real rotation."
— James Pearce (@JamesPearceEcho) March 5, 2018
Football Insider verdict:
It’s a massive week for Liverpool that will define how their season unfolds. It would be hard to imagine a scenario where Liverpool don’t go through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, but Anfield has witnessed some extraordinary games before. After that it’s onto Old Trafford for a game that could dictate who finishes second in the Premier League. In a way it’s surprising that Klopp isn’t going to rotate and it could prove to be a huge mistake. Salah has played a lot of games and even keeping him on the bench, there if he needs him, is surely better than having him on from the start. You’ve got to respect Klopp’s view on the competition and it will make Porto feel a bit better, but Liverpool fans will be concerned and hoping there aren’t big repercussions from the decision.
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