‘They would smash me’ – Klopp bends to Liverpool medics

Jurgen Klopp says he will make changes for Liverpool’s clash with AC Milan on Tuesday to avoid the wrath of his medical department.

Klopp’s side could become the first English club side to win all six matches of the Champions League group phase, a feat only achieved seven times prior to this season.

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But the German says he will rotate his team ahead of the busy festive schedule in an attempt to keep his players fresh.

“We have to rotate, we will rotate. We have to rotate, that is the headline,” said Klopp.

“The medical department would smash me if I played the same side again, so I will make changes.

“We’ve had five games in the last 14 or 15 days and and after the Milan game, it’s pretty much the same number of games in the same number of days so we have to make the right decisions and we will.”

One of the players who will get a chance is Saturday’s hero at Wolves Divock Origi, who scored the added time goal which gave them a 1-0 victory.

The Belgium international has become something of a bit-part player because of the quality of the four players ahead of him – Salah, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Diogo Jota – but still manages to produce pivotal interventions.

“‘Moaned’ is not the right word but of course he knocked on my door and we were talking about things, that happened from time to time,” said Klopp of how Origi had handled being on the fringes.

“It’s not that Div was now always in all situations in a world-class shape and I just didn’t bring him. He got injuries in wrong moments.

“It’s one special thing in his skillset (making an impact) but it’s not that he can only come on and play well.

“In one of the biggest games in our history – against Barcelona (in 2019) – he started, played an incredible game and scored the goals in the right moments.

“There are worse things than being not a constant starter for Liverpool FC, I tell you.”


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