A risky move
Jurgen Klopp has revealed that changes to the Liverpool line-up ahead of their meeting with Everton are tactical, as Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino miss out.
The Reds will take on Everton as Amazon Prime Sport’s late game, in what could be a feisty Merseyside derby.
After Manchester City’s win over Burnley on Tuesday, Liverpool need to keep up their brilliant pace which they’ve shown since the beginning of the season.
However, they come up against neighbours Everton in the Merseyside derby tonight.
While form usually goes out of the window in derby games, Everton have been in free-fall this season.
Marco Silva’s side find themselves sat 17th in the Premier League.
They are also yet to win a game at Anfield in 20 years.
Now, though, Jurgen Klopp may have given them the chance to change that, with a suspect starting eleven.
“The other four we wanted to do, just to respect the game, to respect the intensity of the game first and foremost”
As announced prior to the game, Liverpool have made five changes for the Everton clash.
It was expected that Adrian would replace the suspended Alisson Becker.
However, Adam Lallana, Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri are all surprise inclusions.
Firmino and Salah drop to the bench.
Now, Klopp has explained his decision.
“One change we had to do in Adrian for Alisson, and the other four we wanted to do, just to respect the game, to respect the intensity of the game first and foremost,” Klopp explained, as quoted by the official Liverpool website.
“We did it because we can do it. I have to show the respect for the boys and I’ve said a lot of times how much I like the squad and now we have to use it.
“That’s the line-up for today because we think the game will be really intense and for this you need kind of fresh legs and we try to bring them in.”
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