Jurgen Klopp has made clear that he doesn’t care what other people are saying about his decision to make wholesale changes for the Premier League.
Liverpool are only two steps away from claiming the Europa League and with it, Champions League qualification, so it is obvious where their top priority lies.
Despite this, Jurgen Klopp insists that he does ‘respect’ the Premier League 100% and has even claimed that making countless changes actually gives his team a better chance of winning.
The Liverpool boss made 10 changes at Bournemouth after beating Dortmund midweek in the Europa League and selected a host of younger players, including a couple making their Premier League debuts.
Klopp says that if he had retained more players in the team who had faced Dortmund it could have made his side weaker, the fact that they beat Bournemouth 2-1 in reality meaning he is surely above criticism – the victors writing history etc.
However, both Norwich and Sunderland fans have been moaning before today’s match, as Jurgen Klopp looks set to change the team that demolished Everton in midweek and that derby line-up is likely to be very similar to the one that faces Villarreal on Thursday.
Liverpool’s first team were second best to Newcastle back in December when losing 2-0 and Klopp has talked about the physical strength of Newcastle and stamina in the second half, after watching the midweek draw with Manchester City.
Whatever team selection Jurgen Klopp makes, let’s hope the Mackems and Canaries are moaning once again at 5pm this afternoon.
“I respect the (Premier League) competition 100%.
“I only make a line-up to win the game, not for resting players.
“I swear we would have lost at Bournemouth with another team.
“I only made the changes for that game for winning – no other reason.
“We will find a team we think is able to beat Newcastle. It will be difficult.
“If they (Sunderland & Norwich)) are afraid of Newcastle then I can understand that because they are really good.
“We respect the competition and if other teams don’t respect our situation then I can’t change that.”