Saturday 24 August 2019

Jurgen Klopp springs a huge surprise as he names his team to face Stoke

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Getty Images
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp. Photo: Getty Images
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp had sprung another big surprise after leaving the in-form Mohamed Salah out of his starting line-up for the game against Stoke.

Klopp also recalled his first choice attacking pairing of Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino and also included Dominic Solanke in his team, as he looks to keep his team fresh in a week when his team will play three Premier League matches.

The decision to rest Salah is especially surprising as the Egyptian forward has fired 15 goals for Liverpool this season, with questions certain to be asked of Klopp is his side fail to get the win they need to keep pace with the teams in the top four of the Premier League.

“We do not rest people, we use our players,” stated Klopp as he explained his rotation policy in his latest press briefing. “That was not the reason for the team (against Chelsea). It was that we needed fresh legs.”

He lived up to that billing by naming a much named team featuring Dejan Lovren, Gini Wijnaldum and Emre Can.

Explaining his selection pre-match, Klopp said: "The team is about bringing the quality we have on the pitch and bringing freshness. In this period you still need to have intensity in your game and you can have intensity every three days if you make the change, and that’s why we do it.

“I’m really happy about the line-up, to be honest. I hope we can perform, of course, but I show the faith and the boys show their quality – that would be cool.”

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