Jurgen Klopp is set to play a full strength team when Everton visit on Wednesday night (20 April) as he prepares for his first Merseyside derby following his arrival at Liverpool as a replacement for Brendan Rodgers a few games into the 2015/16 campaign. The German manager has made it clear he is not going to rest any of his key players despite their upcoming clashes against Newcastle United and the Europa League semi-final clash against Villarreal in a week's time.
The Reds face a busy schedule in the upcoming weeks due to their commitments in Europe, but the manager is looking to win every game they play, which could be a maximum of nine, if they make the finals of the Europa League. Klopp, while indicating his intentions not to rest key players, has hinted he is set to rotate his squad in the coming weeks to keep them fresh until the end of the campaign, as they chase a top five finish and European glory.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager made a number of changes for their clash against Bournemouth on Sunday, with a number of youth team players given an opportunity to impress, but the manager is likely to bring in the senior players for the visit of the Toffees.
"Nobody will be rested for Newcastle or Villarreal. But we have to find a line-up which gives us the biggest possibility to win. That's the only thing," Klopp said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
"Hopefully we have nine games to play, minimum eight. It makes no sense to push 11 players through those eight games because you think they are the best we have. That makes no sense."
Daniel Sturridge has been impressive in recent weeks, especially during the game against the Cherries, when he scored one goal and set up another in a man of the match performance. But, the German coach could possibly drop him for the derby and play Divock Origi in his place after making it clear that he is not going to push the England international in every game just because of his form.
"If you think Daniel Sturridge can play from the first to the last minute in the last nine games, fine," Klopp said, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
"Yes, he is in brilliant shape. I know it. The best thing for us, for him and for England for the European Championships is to keep him in the best shape since I have been here."
"Now we can say 'Oh my God, Daniel is back, let's push him through all these games!' Yeah? If you think that is right, write it. If not, don't ask me anymore. We will do what we think. But still, after this long period, you cannot use him as an orange and take each little bit of the juice," the German manager explained.