Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp explains dropping Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold against Bournemouth


Jurgen Klopp rotates his squad again (Picture: Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool have to ‘respect the intensity of the moment’ as he rests Sadio Mane and Trent Alexander-Arnold against Burnley on Saturday afternoon.

The Reds have an incredible busy December, with nine fixtures across the Premier League, Champions League, Club World Cup and EFL Cup.

Klopp chose to leave Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino on the bench for the 5-2 win over Everton on Wednesday night and has given Mane and Alexander-Arnold a rest at the weekend.

Liverpool line-up with a front three of Firmino, Salah and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, with Joe Gomez coming in at right-back for Alexander-Arnold.

There were also changed in midfield, with Naby Keita coming in for Georginio Wijnaldum who is not even on the bench against Bournemouth, as Keita plays alongside Jordan Henderson and James Milner.

‘I don’t know what you expected to be honest,’ said Klopp. ‘It’s what we did, so again, because we can do it, because we have to do it for different reasons.

Sadio Mane has been rested despite being in fine form of late (Picture: Getty Images)

‘This midfield played for sure together, the front line played for sure together, last line played for sure together. Not in the last game, but before that.

‘We have to respect the intensity of the moment and that’s what we do with this line-up.’

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe may have been pleased to see no Mane in the starting line-up, but recognises that there is high quality throughout the Reds’ squad.

‘They’ve made changes, but they made changed in midweek and scored five, so you have to respect the quality,’ said the Cherries boss.

Former Stoke manager Tony Pulis says the rotation of the squad demonstrates just how strong Klopp’s options are.

‘The depth of Liverpool’s squad is extraordinary,’ said Pulis. ‘He’s made seven changes. There is a reason they can compete week in, week out.

‘There are players in his teams that can play week in, week out without a problem but there will be some players who need a break every now and again.

‘It does not surprise me that Jurgen Klopp has made changes. They have so many games coming up.’

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