Klopp not looking to rest key personnel

11 months ago

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has confirmed he has no plans to rest any of his players against FC Porto in the Champions League on Tuesday night.

The Reds will welcome the Portuguese giants to Anfield for their last-16 second leg tie and they are in total control after winning the first leg 5-0 last month.

Reports suggested Klopp was going to rest a number of his starting XI, with the Premier League clash against Manchester United on the horizon on Saturday.

Liverpool warmed up for Tuesday’s meeting with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Newcastle, as Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane grabbed the goals.

The duo are set to start on Merseyside, with Klopp determined to continue their unbeaten run in all competitions, which now stretches to six matches.

He said: “It’s not about rest. Porto have won all their games since we played them.

“They will strike back, that’s what they want. They are Portuguese and proud and will give a fight.

“If anybody here thinks they come here and give the game up, leave their star players at home or whatever they are mistaken. It’s Champions League and the whole world is watching.

“I don’t think for a second about resting anybody. I know it’s Manchester United afterwards but we cannot change it.”

Klopp’s men remain second in the Premier League table and a win against United could see them move four points clear of the Red Devils as they try to finish in the top two this season.