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This is how Liverpool select their midfield with a wealth of talent available for Jurgen Klopp



Liverpool have a top quality pool of midfield talent at their disposal.

Jurgen Klopp can choose from the likes of Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Gini Wijnaldum and James Milner to compliment anyone from Adam Lallana to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Naby Keita or Xherdan Shaqiri in his favorite three in the engine room – and there are youngsters coming through too.

Almost all of those first-team players are in full fitness now, with Keita's slight exception, meaning the manager has a difficult decision to make about who plays each week at the center of the park.

Jurgen Klopp talks to Fabinho and other Reds stars in training
Jurgen Klopp talks to Fabinho and other Reds stars in training

Klopp relishes having to make these tough calls and he has used a different midfield trio four times in the opening four games of Liverpool's season so far.

And the Reds boss revealed what factors make up his mind about who plays.

"I don't have a favorite midfielder – I like them all," Klopp said.

"If they are in good shape then I have decisions to make.

"If only a couple are in good shape then my decision is easier but I like to have a situation where I have difficult decisions."

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp with Jordan Henderson at the end of the Premier League match between Liverpool FC and Huddersfield Town at Anfield on April 26

Klopp also outlined just how important it is, with the amount of games his side set to play this year, the options available and the ability to rotate.

"Nobody should be playing 50 or 60 games a season," he said.

"I don't know exactly how many games we will have because it will depend on how far we go in the cup competitions.

"But we will have a few modern football players should not be playing 50 or 60 games a season if at all possible.

"Especially not in the intense positions – maybe the goalkeeper and center-half could but everyone else should have some rest.

Andy Robertson, James Milner, Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain of Liverpool with the UEFA Champions League trophy

"The idea is to give whatever you have and then the next game if you have a little less, someone else will do the job and you can come in a little later – that's the plan.

"We can only do that when all the boys are with us – we haven't been able to last the last two seasons in the Champions League.

"We had 18 with the three midfielders in that game – last year we had four midfielders for the last 12 games.

"Now they are all back and we will try to use that.

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"There are players that can play in all positions and it's good that these players have them so you have to use them all.

"It doesn't matter how long you play, it's important how good you play and we make sure the boys can play as good and as often as possible."


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