By Matt Farr
Pundit Robbie Savage has delivered a damning verdict on Liverpool’s form, insisting it cannot be down to fatigue.
Savage’s scathing attack comes after Jurgen Klopp’s title hopefuls were beaten twice in the space of four days, first by relegation candidates Swansea, then an EFL Cup exit at the hands of Southampton.
Klopp has decided to rotate his squad a lot of late, using an incredible 23 different players during their last three outings in all competitions.
However, with no European competitions to contend with this season, Savage does not feel that the Liverpool chief’s heavy rotation has been justified.
In his column for the Mirror, the former midfielder admitted he could not understand why there was so much talk about Liverpool’s players being tired.
He said: “I just can’t go along with the notion that his players are tired. It’s still January, for heaven’s sake – there are four months of the season to go.
“Liverpool’s results in the New Year, when they have been playing two games a week, have not justified the level of squad rotation that Klopp has used.
“The kids were held at home by Plymouth, and if Klopp was keeping his powder dry for the League Cup semi-final first-leg at Southampton, it didn’t work in his favour.”
There is still plenty of time left to go this season, but the defeat to Southampton on Wednesday may have thrown away Liverpool’s best chance of winning silverware this season.
Their shock slip-up against Swansea in the Premier League left them 10 points behind league leaders Chelsea, who they play on Tuesday, while they are not competing in either the Champions League or Europa League this season.
The FA Cup remains their final opportunity for success, provided that they beat Championship side Wolves on Saturday; but they will have to do much more than beat Wolves to win the competition.
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