Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool must rotate to compete on two fronts
Following 1-0 league win over Crystal Palace on Saturday, Liverpool take on German club Hoffenheim in Uefa Champions League qualifier on Wednesday
Liverpool must rotate their squad this season if they are to sustain their challenge in both the Premier League and the Uefa Champions League, manager Jurgen Klopp has said.
Klopp made five changes to the starting lineup for Saturday's 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace, a game sandwiched in between two legs of their Uefa Champions League play-off against Hoffenheim.
The German is taking nothing for granted despite Liverpool's 2-1 lead over the Bundesliga side ahead of their return leg at Anfield on Wednesday.
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"We all have pressure and it's a quick start always," Klopp told reporters. "You need to be there immediately, deliver and all that stuff.
"The difference this year is that it's really hard, we all know a draw today, two points instead of four or six, it doesn't feel good but you can sort it.
"You can't do this in a Champions League qualifier. This intensity is really hard, for both teams not just us, yes that's very special and that's why we made the changes today."
Substitutes Dejan Lovren, Emre Can and Mohamed Salah are all expected to return to the starting line-up against Hoffenheim on Wednesday.
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Klopp said he will keep shuffling his pack during the European competition as long as the replacements continue to impress.
"It's all about the boys. If they play in a game like this today, if they perform like this then yes, we will change, 100 per cent," he added.
"If not, we can't because we cannot give a game away, we cannot say that's not that important."
Following their European qualifier, Liverpool host Arsenal in the Premier League on Sunday.
Updated: August 21, 2017 03:08 PM