Jürgen Klopp says that even though with an important league game coming up on Sunday, he won’t be taking that into account when he picks his starting lineup to face Napoli in the Champions League this evening.
There might be a change or two to the side that faced Chelsea over the weekend, but if there are they will be tactical and about sending out a side the manager believes has the best chance of getting three points.
“We only think about the next game, not the next game after the next game,” Klopp told the club’s official website as the team flew to Italy. “It is always like this. In the moment it is all fine and we have to use it.
“We will see, maybe we will make one or two changes or whatever, but it’s all about this game. It’s the only way I understand it. We are in good shape, we have good rhythm and that’s something we have to use.”
The expectation is that the most likely changes would be in midfield, where Klopp sent out a grinding trio of Jordan Henderson, James Milner, and Gini Wijnaldum looking to negate Chelsea over the weekend.
Against a Napoli side that will likely leave gaps for them to run into, Klopp could bring Naby Keïta back into the starting eleven. He could also hand a start to Fabinho, who had plenty of European experience with Monaco.
Klopp is insistent, though, that any changes he does make will be about Napoli tonight and not about looking ahead to City on Sunday: “We will think about this game and then we will see who we can use for City.”