Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp made the bold choice to rest our best players against local rivals Everton on Wednesday.
The shock team selection worked well and the Reds ran out big winners at Anfield.
On Saturday we face a trip to the Vitality Stadium to face a struggling Bournemouth side.
Liverpool should again opt to rest our biggest stars, here’s why.
Firstly, the performance against Everton was fantastic. Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri, James Milner an Adam Lallana all surprisingly made the starting line-up. Each of the four-fringe players who came in did incredibly well and deserve to retain their place in the side.
Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Jordan Henderson and the injured Fabinho weren’t missed at all which is testament the ability of their stand ins. Why not give them an extended rest ahead of a busy period, they’ll be thankful for it come Christmas.
Maybe Klopp can even work in some rest for the likes of Sadio Mane, Virgil Van Dijk, Trent Alexander Arnold and Andy Robertson at some point.
Of course, this type of move isn’t possible against every Premier League side, but Eddies Howe’s Bournemouth are currently in free fall. The Cherries have lost four straight games and will have their work cut out against Klopp’s high-flying Reds.
Howe’s go-to man this season has been Liverpool loanee Harry Wilson who will be ineligible to play against his parent club. Without their top scorer they will certainly provide less of a threat going forward and ultimately be a diminished side.
Liverpool should rest the big players and show faith in our squad depth for a second consecutive game.