Jurgen Klopp has guaranteed he won’t “rest” players for Liverpool’s Champions League most last-16 second leg at home to Porto, yet changes are still likely.
The Reds crushed their Portuguese rivals in the first leg at the Estadio do Dragao, with a Sadio Mane hat-trick added to by goals from Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.
The agreeable way of their show on the landmass shocked many, with Porto a refined European outfit.
However, now it appears just as Klopp’s side have no less than one foot in the quarter-finals, as their rivals would need to score five unanswered goals at Anfield to turn the game on its head.
This has prompted hypothesis over conceivable pivot for the March 6 tie, with any semblance of Adam Lallana, Danny Ings and Dominic Solanke among those cheerful of an uncommon begin.
Klopp claims, in any case, then he won’t “rest” any of his squad, in spite of an excursion to go up against top-four opponents Man United coming only four days after the fact.
“One more week now for Newcastle, at that point Porto and United in one week. Every one of the general population before the Porto game will let me know, ‘Now you can rest him, him and him’,” he told columnists on Saturday.
“Arsenal, for instance, that is so unjustifiable. They were done in the tie and had a last on Sunday, yet I just hear the game things like, ‘wow that was humiliating against a Swedish group’.
“Be that as it may, they are through in the tie and played a last on Sunday.
“That is the circumstance. We play Man United, and we won’t rest anyone. We will play a solid side against Porto and a solid side against United.”
In any case, Klopp’s request that he won’t turn his side to stay away from exhaustion serves merely to advance his acclaim of Liverpool’s squad profundity.
His reference to feedback over Arsenal’s progressions for consecutive Europa League last-16 conflicts Ostersund as “so uncalled for” demonstrates he will adopt a similar strategy.
The German has beforehand focused on how any semblance of Ings, Solanke, Ben Woodburn and Ragnar Klavan are “unfathomable” choices, making it “more troublesome” to settle on a lineup.
Notwithstanding, to decipher his latest remarks as recommending some of his key players won’t sit out would be neglectful.
Changes are probably not going to be discount, yet handling successfully a similar side against Newcastle (March 3), Porto (March 6) and United (March 10) would be careless.
Klopp will know about this: amid the Reds’ latest congested run, playing Swansea City, West Brom and Huddersfield Town over the space of nine days a month ago, he rolled out nine changes in two games.
With skilled alternatives like Dejan Lovren and Alberto Moreno holding up in the wings, it is profoundly likely some of his more general appearances will be refresh.