Jürgen Klopp has explained how Europa League disappointment will prompt a break away from the constant rotation that took place last season.
Due to the amount of football that the club had to play last season, Klopp had to rotate his team to make sure that his best players were fresh for clashes against Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund, Villarreal and Sevilla in the Europa League.
However, there is no European football this season for the Reds which means that there will be no need to rotate his team as much.
Liverpool’s boss spoke to the official Liverpool FC magazine:
“When we lost the Europa League final, there was absolutely nothing worthwhile about it, just a load of disappointment. In the end the only positive thing about not playing European football this year is that we have more time to train and that is what we have to use, 100 per cent,” Klopp says.
“That’s why we need to create a very strong team in the best understanding of the word ‘team’. We need to have competition.
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“We need a situation where the players push themselves and each one pushes the other for each position and wants to be in the team because you have time to recover.
“So it’s not that you have to change the team a lot between two Saturday games or two Sunday games – it’s nothing about rotation. It’s about: ‘OK, who is ready now? Who is ready to perform how we need in each specific game?’”