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'Had to happen': Jamie Carragher feels Jurgen Klopp was forced rotation against Southampton

Jamie Carragher gave his thoughts on Liverpool’s team against Southampton ahead of the game this evening. The Reds rotated heavily.

Jurgen Klopp took a big gamble on Tuesday evening as he picked a weakened Liverpool team to face Southampton. No Virgil van Dijk, no Andy Robertson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago, Fabinho, Jordan Henderson, Sadio Mané, Mohamed Salah or Luis Diaz.

It’s a shock to see, given the Reds are in a title race. Jamie Carragher, though, see why Klopp picked the team and hopes Liverpool fans understand the decision.

“It had to happen,” Carragher told Sky Sports. “When you look at the league games, they were like finals in themselves.

“Liverpool knew the position they were in – if they lost one game or drew a game, it felt like the title was over. That’s how strong these two teams are, Liverpool and Manchester City.

“I hope there’s not and I don’t think there will be too many Liverpool supporters questioning Jurgen Klopp and criticising him for that team he’s put out.”

Liverpool pick weak team against Southampton

Liverpool are on a Quadruple charge and so it’s easy to see the decision here. Carragher is confident that fans will understand that – there’s little chance that the Reds win the lot without rotation.

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And we’re confident that everyone sees that, too. There’s a massive game against Wolves on Sunday and, of course, the UEFA Champions League final the week after that. This Southampton game was always the one to rotate in – especially on the back of 120 minutes against Chelsea just three days prior.

Klopp has to back his squad, not just his first XI, and that’s exactly what he’s doing here. It’s a decision he had to take and it’s up to those rarely-seen players to prove that Liverpool can earn this Quadruple.

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