Klopp defends rotation after Liverpool held again

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Liverpool's German manager Jurgen Klopp (R) shakes hands with West Bromwich Albion's English defender Kieran Gibbs (L) on the pitch after the English Premier League football match between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at Anfield in Liverpool, north west England. afp

LIVERPOOL -Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insisted he won’t ditch his rotation policy after the German’s decision to make six changes back-fired in a 0-0 draw against lowly West Bromwich Albion.

Klopp claimed Liverpool were unlucky as they were denied victory when Dominic Solanke had a goal ruled out for handball with eight minutes left at Anfield on Wednesday.

Solanke’s disallowed goal was the main talking point, but the discussion before kick-off centred around the Liverpool manager’s decision to significantly alter the team who were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Everton on Sunday.

Klopp recalled Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino, both surprisingly named on the bench against Everton, to form a powerful attacking threat along with Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah.

He also brought Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum into midfield, named Trent Alexander-Arnold in place of Joe Gomez at right-back and replaced Simon Mignolet with Loris Karius in goal.

Klopp said that Mignolet was rested as a precaution after picking up an ankle knock against Everton, and said he felt the team he picked was capable of winning the game.

His selections have come under the spotlight for the number of times he switches personnel; he has made no fewer than 65 changes to his starting line-ups in the Premier League this season, more than any other manager in the division.

Asked if he felt his selection against West Brom worked, Klopp said: “That’s not my job to talk about. I made the decision already, and if we don’t win, for me, it’s like it didn’t work.

“That happens quite a lot in the life of a manager. But it would make no sense to be too frustrated about that.

“I was 100 percent convinced about this line-up, like I was 100 percent convinced about the last line-up. But this time at least you cannot blame me for it, or probably you will, I’m not sure.” – AFP

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