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Saturday 3 December 2016

Klopp: 'I trust every player in my squad'

'Klopp does not yet think he has found the magic formula' Photo: Reuters
'Klopp does not yet think he has found the magic formula' Photo: Reuters

Liverpool's squad has been given a vote of confidence by manager Jurgen Klopp who believes every player can still do a job for him.

The German is likely to need to utilise every resource available to him, however, as for the third successive week he has lost a senior player to injury.

Captain Jordan Henderson (knee) and fellow midfielder Emre Can (ankle) were both ruled out for at least a month apiece in successive matches and in-form striker Divock Origi has joined them on the sidelines after being carried off on a stretcher after scoring the opener in the 4-0 demolition of Everton.

With Christian Benteke only just recovering from a hamstring problem and Danny Ings ruled out for the season after a knee operation Klopp currently has Daniel Sturridge as his only fit striker.

Klopp's side have played 55 matches already this season with at least seven more to come - eight if they reach the Europa League final - and have been so badly affected by injuries along the way he has had to call on the youth team to provide cover. The rotation is likely to continue until the end of the campaign but even the fringe players have Klopp's backing.

"They are only good players. There is not a player in the squad where I think 'Oh, why is he here?'" he said.

"In each game (recently): Stoke - different formation, Bournemouth, Dortmund, Everton - different formations but we also showed our different styles.

"We are not only a pressing and counter-pressing team, we are a possession team and it is challenge to bring it together. We will work on it and we won't be finished on it but we need players. They have to do the work and hopefully we will have enough for the last few games."

A string of wins until the end of the season could make life uncomfortable for the clubs above Liverpool in the table as Liverpool play host to Newcastle tomorrow, but Klopp does not yet think he has found the magic formula.

"Consistency is about having players ready for the next game," he said.

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