Jurgen Klopp has suggested that he’ll make changes to the Liverpool line-up for Saturday’s clash with Chelsea.
The Reds finally got their fist win of 2023 last night, beating Wolves 1-0 in the FA Cup third-round. And speaking to TalkSPORT after the game, Klopp admitted he was pleased to see a better performance from his team.
“I think it would be really silly for me to stand here and tell the football world we are back, I think it would be the wrong stance. So, there is no reason for it, we had to show a reaction, I think if you compare the last two games, the other one the other day and this one, you would not realise it was the same sport,” he explained.
“That is what we needed tonight, we have a few days two, three four to prepare for Chelsea. It will be tough, and we will probably have to make changes again, and all those kind of things. But the game tonight is anyway a role model because it was convincing in a lot of moments.
“It feels right, and now we need to get an idea of what we can do against Chelsea, and we try that. It is at our home ground, and I know the people will be up for this one, more positive, and I am really happy for them.”
Klopp made eight changes for Wolves from the team that faced Brighton on Saturday. A few of those coming into the side showed that they have the quality to stay there. Let’s see what Jurgen decides.
Finally, a good headache for Jurgen
On paper, last night’s team was far weaker than the one Jurgen lined up to face Brighton. But the difference in the level of performance was stark.
Gone was the wishy-washy press and the enormous gaps in the midfield. In its place came a more energetic, hungrier Liverpool than we’ve seen pretty much all season. The question now is, should those players who stepped in be given another chance against Chelsea?
Given the importance of the game, the answer is perhaps going to be no. Certainly in the cases of Fabio Carvalho, Kostas Tsimikas, James Milner and Caoimhin Kelleher you’d have to think so anyway.
And despite the mightily impressive Stefan Bajcetic showing his class yet again, he’ll surely drop back to the bench on Saturday. The same will probably be true of Harvey Elliott.
The other two changes from Saturday – Joe Gomez and Naby Keita – should keep their places. Keita in particular has been really good when given the chance recently and that continued with a good 90 minutes last night.
As for Gomez, he too had an excellent game alongside Ibrahima Konate. Joel Matip really struggled against Brighton and Konate and Gomez look to have a slightly better understanding. Having delivered Liverpool’s first clean sheet in eight games, they deserve to go again at Anfield.