Jurgen Klopp faces Norwich City and Atletico Madrid with a nice luxury, courtesy of the fixture list. It’s one that spells danger for Liverpool’s opponents.
Liverpool head into the weekend clash with Norwich after a two-week winter break. That’s their first such break since the start of the season.
And as Klopp pointed out ahead of the game, it allowed for a different kind of training. That, on its own, should worry Norwich and Atletico but there’s something else up Liverpool’s sleeve.
That’s the fixture list, which is very kind to Liverpool here.
Usually, games like this would take real game and squad management. Liverpool play on Saturday and then have a huge game on Tuesday, after all.
But the game after that – West Ham United at Anfield – isn’t until the following Monday. That means Klopp has nearly a full week after the Champions League clash to rest up.
And that could be key for this upcoming double-header. Because of that rest, Klopp can afford to play his best XI against both Norwich and Atletico.
There’s no guarantee he will, of course, and we think Klopp will rest Sadio Mane after his injury. But it does mean he can back his stars to play out both games and have proper rest afterwards.
So there’s no real need to rest anyone else against Norwich with Atletico in mind – Liverpool’s players can go all-out in both. Especially as the latter will likely be a cautious clash.
This is a genuine luxury for Klopp and one that really stands out when you think back to the chaos that was December’s fixture list. Liverpool can face both Norwich and Atletico without the risk of burnout and go with the outright best team for both.