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Jurgen Klopp out to reward hard work as resurgent Liverpool keep winning

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By Shrishh Attavar

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp talks about team selection after the win against Fulham in the Carabao Cup

The Reds showed tremendous levels of mental strength. That is all that’s required to sum Liverpool up this season. It continued to be the case when Jurgen Klopp and Co. came back from a goal down to score two within minutes to secure a win heading into the second leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final against Marco Silva’s Fulham.

The manager made five changes to the lineup that faced Arsenal in the FA Cup. One forced [Trent Alexander-Arnold], one obvious [Virgil van Dijk], Alisson sat out for Caoimhin Kelleher while Darwin Nunez and Cody Gakpo dropped to the bench.

Talking about which group of players start and giving reason for it, Klopp talked about how team selection has very little to do with how they perform in training, but the amount of effort they put in. Also might have to do with tactical tweaks and adjustments at times.

We are so blessed to have Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.
We are so blessed to have Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.

Here is what the manager had to say via ECHO:

“The boys don’t start because they score or not score. My belief and trust in them, as long as they behave properly, is endless. They deserve it because of the effort they put in.”

Klopp’s words highlight a key aspect of Liverpool’s success this season – the collective spirit that transcends individual contributions. The manager’s trust in his squad, irrespective of the starting XI, underscores the unity and shared commitment within the team.

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The fact that the Reds won this game albeit with a great sense of difficulty, shows that while individual contributors like Mohamed Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold among others hold a lot of importance, the winning mentality remains instilled in the group of players and not just a player or two.

As Liverpool navigate various competitions, squad rotation becomes a necessity to manage the physical demands of a gruelling season. Klopp’s astute handling of team selection reflects not just tactical acumen but also an understanding of the intangibles that drive success – determination, work ethic, and a cohesive team ethos.

We're so glad that Jurgen is a Red.
We’re so glad that Jurgen is a Red.

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The win against Fulham serves as a testament to Liverpool’s ability to overcome adversity and showcases the depth of talent within the squad. Klopp’s approach to team selection continues to be guided by a holistic assessment of players, acknowledging the value of their collective effort on and off the pitch. In the weeks ahead, as Liverpool compete on multiple fronts, Klopp’s rotation policy will likely come into play, ensuring that every member of the squad plays a crucial role in the pursuit of silverware. Up the Reds!