Jurgen Klopp dismisses rotation questions after Liverpool’s draw at Chelsea
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has labeled questions about rotating his squad as a “waste of time,” following the goalless draw at Chelsea.
After losing to Manchester City, Klopp made six changes to the starting line-up, leaving star players Mohamed Salah, Cody Gakpo, Trent Alexander-Arnold, and Andy Robertson on the bench for the Premier League game at Stamford Bridge.
When quizzed about the changes during a news conference, Klopp said the defeat by City impacted their physical and performance level. He added that it was a “waste of time” to dissect how many changes were made for each reason.
Despite having an inconsistent season, Liverpool still have a great record at home in the league, with Leeds United being the only team to defeat them. They will need to use this advantage when they host Premier League leaders Arsenal on Sunday.
Liverpool lost to Arsenal in their first meeting this season but have won their last six home league encounters with the London club. Klopp has praised Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, saying he has done an impressive job.
Virgil van Dijk, Luis Diaz, and Thiago have all returned to Liverpool training but Diaz is not expected to be fit for Sunday’s game.
Liverpool’s draw with Chelsea marked their fourth successive game in all competitions without a victory, with the team currently sitting in eighth place and 10 points outside Champions League qualification positions.
Klopp said that Liverpool needed to show an improvement and reaction this weekend at Anfield against Arsenal.
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This report includes information from Reuters.
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