Jurgen Klopp has a decent second-string squad too– Phil Thompson
Written by: Neelav Chakravarti
The Reds are in an excellent form currently, and have already overpowered top teams like PSG and Tottenham.
Jurgen Klopp's highflying Liverpool will host Chelsea today evening, in an attempt to continue their tremendous momentum this season in all fronts. The German is looking for his first trophy in England since arriving at 2015.
According to Anfield legend Phil Thompson, the former Dortmund coach could make some changes as the Carabao Cup is not the club's top priority right now. Thompson also said that he still wants them to win the competition. He quipped, "It would be great, I would love to do it and it's a trophy. Jurgen has to win a trophy this year. For the quality of squad he now has, he has to win a trophy"
The 64-year old stated, "It gives him a great opportunity and I would gladly take the Carabao Cup, but you have to look where your priorities lie, which is what most managers do and make changes in these early rounds. Dare I say it, a lot of managers over the years, in the big six clubs, have put out weakened teams thinking if they do get knocked out they will take it on the chin and it will give them a better chance in Europe and the Premier League."
Thompson played as a defender for Liverpool back in the 1970s and 80s, and also represented the England national team. Regarding today's fixture, he also said, "They obviously don't want to go out at the early stage, it's not very nice, but come later in the season they will view it as a godsend."
Wanting to see the likes of Nathaniel Clyne, and Fabinho play, he said that Klopp has a very strong second-string squad too. He added, "There could be a multitude of changes, but I think Jurgen Klopp has a great opportunity to change his team. He has been so consistent with his selections so far in the Premier League and Champions League and now he has a great opportunity to give the other players a runout. Xherdan Shaqiri will probably play and we are looking at such a good squad now that he could literally pick a second team of what we call star names. Nathaniel Clyne, Dejan Lovren, Joel Matip, Alberto Moreno and Fabinho should all start. Naby Keita will probably play, then there's Divock Origi and Dominic Solanke if fit, plus Daniel Sturridge. It's a decent team."
The Reds are in excellent form currently, and have already overpowered top teams like PSG (in the Champions League) and Tottenham (in the Premier League). Thompson said, "What I would certainly hope is for Jurgen to have the cavalry on the bench, a lot of the first-team players. The priority, because of their start to the season, is winning the Premier League. That should be the number one target. It is closely followed then by the Champions League, so this would be the ideal opportunity for him to get a rest for the players."
Published: Wed Sep 26, 2018 06:04 PM IST