Jürgen Klopp is yet to decide on how Liverpool will line up against Hertha Berlin on Saturday but confirms that Emre Can is looking good on his return to the side.
All of Liverpool’s pre-season friendlies this summer have seen Klopp make 10 substitutions in the second half in order to allow as many players as possible to get game time.
Yet, with the 2017/18 Premier League season creeping ever nearer, Klopp is uncertain if he will continue with squad rotation in-game or if he will give certain players more game time.
A factor which will feature in his decision is the fact that there are a number of players in the side that are nursing injuries.
Nathaniel Clyne, Loris Karius, James Milner, Danny Ward and Ben Woodburn are all struggling with minor injuries while Emre Can has only been back with the squad for a matter of days.
“If we will make 10 changes, I don’t know actually,” Klopp told Liverpoolfc.com on Thursday.
“We will make a match squad of 20 or 22 players, I’m not sure. [Friday] will be really intense and then we will see who we should take then.
“Emre has been not too long in training, so what can we do with him after three sessions or whatever? So then we will have to see.
“We have real time, but we will sit together [on Thursday night] and then think about how we can line up, what kind of different things can we do and then we will wait for [Friday].”
Emre Can and new signing Andy Robertson are looking to make their first pre-season appearances after linking up with the Liverpool side this week and Klopp is pleased by the level of competition within the side with the new season fast approaching.
Klopp continued, “A few will be looking at Berlin and think, ‘Am I in the lineup or not?’ or whatever, then against Bayern Munich and then against whoever we play.
“I cannot take the pressure off the boys, that’s how it is. It’s about performing and delivering.
“It’s good to have them all here. Emre looks really good. He had the break, not the longest but he used it. It’s all good from this perspective, but we have to play football games, we have to stay healthy, the boys have to stay fit and that would make our lives really easier.”
Liverpool play Hertha Berlin tomorrow at the Olympiastadion and while it’s uncertain how Klopp will line his side up, supporters can be excited about the prospect of the Reds’ new look attacking setup.
With Mohamed Salah on board and Sadio Mané back from injury, Klopp can finally get all of Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino Salah and Mané on the pitch at once if he so chooses.
If he decides to field all four tomorrow, it should be a game to remember not to mention terrifying for Hertha’s defenders…