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Jürgen Klopp: Liverpool’s Schedule Requires a Smart Squad

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With limited training time between fixtures, Klopp leans on his players’ natural intuition.

Liverpool Training Session Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images

With the matches coming in thick and fast, Jürgen Klopp only has a day to prepare Liverpool for each kickoff. Rotation and recovery are key aspects of navigating through the pile of fixtures throughout the whole season, but especially the holiday gauntlet.

Against Everton on Wednesday the manager brought Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri and Adam Lallana into the starting XI. None of those three had seen significant minutes this season but each put in a solid shift for the team. Origi and Shaqiri were each on the scoresheet, both combining with Sadio Mané.

The Everton match was a fine example of the squad depth that Liverpool now possess. Klopp was overjoyed for the team afterwards. At his pre-Bournemouth presser, the manager highlighted the sharpness of mind required in his players to come in and out of the team but still perform at their maximum level despite a lack of match rhythm and limited training time.

“In this moment, you need a smart squad. I cannot explain things properly all the time, players have to understand things. Thank god we have that.

“These players have a desire to show that they are good enough and they can deliver in moments like this. It is not that complicated, you just need players who understand the situation. I don’t make decisions out of the blue, there are always reasons. The boys understand.”

More changes are likely on the cards for Bournemouth. And then again for Red Bull Salzburg next week. And so on. It’s got me thinking: it’s Naby Keita time.