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Saturday 21 April 2018

Klopp in rage at rotation critics

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has defended his player rotation and scoffed at any suggestion the club are "back in the dark days".

Last week the Reds made it seven wins in a nine-match unbeaten run as they qualified for the Champions League last 16 with a 7-0 threashing of Spartak Moscow. Since then they have drawn 1-1 with Everton last Sunday and 0-0 with West Brom three days later, both at Anfield, with Klopp making 12 changes to his starting line-up across the two Premier League matches to take him to 65 for the season.

The German felt Liverpool were unlucky against Everton, then did not play well enough against Albion - but believes that did not have "anything to do with rotation". Asked about criticism of the amount of changes he had made for the last two games, Klopp said: "We have to make sure we have as fit as possible players for the specific game.

That is all, and that is what we did, all the time, nothing else. "We thought, and still think, the squad gives us that opportunity, and that is why we did it. "It's normal that after two draws at home there is criticism out there, completely normal. "But I think they were two completely different games. "To be honest, against West Brom I thought we didn't deserve luck really. It was not a good performance. It wasn't fluent enough, our passing was not at its best. "But I don't think it had anything to do with rotation or something like that."

Klopp, speaking at his press conference ahead of tomorrow's league trip to Bournemouth, then adopted a sarcastic tone, saying: "Nine days ago we were flying, and now I look in your eyes and see that obviously we have real problems," he said. The 50-year-old, whose side are fifth in the table, was then asked about Liverpool trying to rediscover their creative spark. And he said: "We didn't lose it in a week."

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