Andrew Robertson was left out of Liverpool’s starting XI for Saturday’s Merseyside derby but Jurgen Klopp says it was simply a matter of rotation as the Scot plays so many games for the Reds.
It is unusual for Robertson not to take on the role of left-back under Klopp, but for their outing at Goodison Park on Saturday lunchtime, Klopp opted for Kostas Tsimikas instead.
Robertson has had to settle for a spot on the bench for the first time this season, with the Greek taking his place, but Klopp insists there is nothing but rotation with a busy schedule this season and next.
“Kostas for Robbo is just about time,” Klopp told BT Sport. “Robbo plays all the time, a lot. If we can make an unforced change, we should do it.’
There were further changes to the Reds’ starting XI after their win against Newcastle on Wednesday, with Darwin Nunez returning from suspension to replace Roberto Firmino while Fabio Carvalho took the place of the injured Jordan Henderson.
“Bobby is in top form but has come back from injury and has played a lot now,” said Firmino’s Klopp. “Darwin is fresh, that’s why [he plays].
“We had to make a change in midfield, that was clear. We had Milly [Milner] or Fabino. We choose Fabio as Milly [James Milner] can come for five positions.’
Having conceded the game’s opening goal in four of his first five games this season, Klopp is hoping unwanted traits can be put behind him.
“We’re trying to be dominant from the start and that’s going to be difficult today because of what’s at stake and it’s Goodison and I’m sure it will be a lively and aggressive start from Everton.
“We have to be ready. In the end, football is all about reaction. When the other team has a goal, you have to respond to it. I hope that at some point in the season we won’t have to talk about it anymore,” said the German.
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