Jürgen Klopp has explained why he has elected to make five changes to Liverpool’s starting line-up for today’s clash with Crystal Palace.
Daniel Sturridge, Joe Gomez, Ragnar Klavan, James Milner and Andy Robertson have all been drafted into the XI for the Reds’ first Anfield game of 2017-18.
Klopp said pre-match: “It was a combination of the last game, the next game and the actual game, which is the main thing to think about.
“I really think we did absolutely more than OK so far, but we cannot close our eyes and say we will try as long as these boys can go.
“It was clear we had to make changes, especially with Trent. We cannot push him through all of the games and we have the opportunities to change, so that’s why we did it at the back.
“Offensively, Daniel is back and that’s good news. I think it makes sense after a very good period pre-season then a short break with a little muscle thing that we bring him in immediately and try to use his quality. That’s the plan.”