Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he has a selection headache for the Reds' Europa league clash against Borussia Dortmund in midweek. The Reds drew the first leg in Germany 1-1 and will be going all out to progress into the semi-finals and give themselves a viable chance of winning the tournament and qualify for the Champions League next season.
Klopp made seven changes to the XI that started against Dortmund on their return to the Premier League against Stoke City, which they won 4-1 with consummate ease. Sheyi Ojo and Kevin Stewart were given a chance to prove themselves on the pitch and the kids came out with flying colours, giving Klopp more options when he selects his final XI for the second leg against Dortmund at Anfield. The Reds have an away goal to defend and should they keep Dortmund at bay, it would be enough to take the Reds into the next round.
"That's a good thing if I have to think about the line-up or something. That's what I do most of the time, to be honest! If all players play like this then I have to make hard decisions. That's not my hobby but that's the best thing to do as a manager and hopefully we have to make hard decisions for Thursday," Klopp told Liverpool's official website when asked if their recent performance will have any bearing on his team selection for the Dortmund game.
Klopp revealed that it was pragmatic on his part to allow his key players some rest, especially after a gruelling week when they had to play against Tottenham Hotspur and Dortmund. Dejan Lovren, Mamadou Sakho and Philippe Coutinho were given a rest while Adam Lallana came on as a second half substitute.
"We need more opportunities. You cannot go through this big number of games always with the same line-up. [It was] unbelievable that we could rest Phil Coutinho - he's in brilliant shape and very important for us," Klopp added.
"Adam Lallana only [played] 30 minutes, [but] okay he was running all over the pitch. It's really good for us. Mama [Sakho] could watch the game very relaxed and Dejan [Lovren] was on the bench."