Jurgen Klopp does have a selection problem as he prepares his Liverpool side to face West Brom tomorrow. The Reds need another Premier League win.
Liverpool head into this one after a wonderful win against Manchester United. They scored four, pressed like mad, and looked like the Reds of last season. There was a lot to love about it.
It was a vital win, too. A top-four finish is still in Liverpool’s hands thanks to Chelsea and Leicester City playing one another before the season is out. But it only remains the case if they win every game.
The Old Trafford fixture was undoubtedly the toughest test. The win hands Liverpool confidence going into the others but it’ll still be a tough one. Especially as Klopp had a luxury against United that he won’t have tomorrow.
Klopp faces selection headache vs West Brom
The original fixture between Liverpool and United was postponed, of course. That created a two-week rest for the Reds before playing Southampton on May 8th.
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Liverpool then had a five-day break between that game and United. Altogether, it kept the squad fresh and Klopp was able to pick who he wanted at Old Trafford.
That won’t be the case tomorrow, though. There’s a quick turnaround from the United game, meaning certain players will definitely have fatigue. That makes things tricky on its own.
But Liverpool also play on Wednesday at Burnley. It’s three games in six days, then, and Klopp can’t possibly play the same XI in all three.
We doubt he can play the same XI against West Brom that he did against United, in fact. Not if Liverpool are to stay fresh enough to win all of their games.
Klopp must take some chances tomorrow, then. He’ll have to trust some squad players to do a job in an attempt to keep as many players fresh as possible for Wednesday.
Getting the blend of stars and squad players right isn’t going to be easy.