Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has insisted that he was forced to drop certain members of his squad due to a virus ahead of their 2-1 loss to Wolves in the FA Cup on Monday, with the Reds without key players for the game.
Klopp made nine changes to the team which faced Manchester City just four days earlier and he was forced to make another change during the game after centre-back Dejan Lovren suffered a hamstring injury in the first few minutes of the match.
“Pretty much all the players that were not here today had flu problems – apart from Ali [Alisson]. And so we had late changes. Like yesterday Adam [Lallana] was in our plans, Hendo [Jordan Henderson] was in our plans and Dejan was not in our plans, he should only have been on the bench. It happens, what happened. That doesn’t help a lot and we have to change again,” Klopp said post the game.
“We wanted to control the game because we were completely new, especially defensively completely new, so it makes sense to keep the ball. We are not here to be the new world record holder for the world’s youngest team. It’s nice, the boys train with us, the boys are around – that is why they train with us because we think they’re good enough.”
The result on the night means that Liverpool can now concentrate on the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League but he will hope that his squad members can recover in time for their clash against Brighton on Saturday.