Jurgen Klopp warns Liverpool players to respect his squad rotations


"I was never in doubt about Joe and his ability to play centre-half but he needed time", he said. "Now he is fit, which is good".

"Obviously it is early days and the first game of the season you want to get off to a good start, it is very important". They'll need every point they can muster, and the club's home opener seems as good a time as any. "Hopefully he is able to be in the squad on Monday, so then we will have him", Klopp told a news conference. So we have him, Dejan is still a bit injured, we have Nat Phillips.

"If needed, Fabinho can play there as well, but he should obviously play another position". We have a big friendship even though you could not see it today.

Klopp admitted last week he had "no explanation" for why Alberto Moreno and others did not make the squad for the Premier League opener against West Ham.

Trent Alexander-Arnold was given a chance to start in Klopp's first XI after Nathaniel Clyne was injured during preseason, and remains Liverpool's first choice right-back this campaign, despite Clyne's return.

Milner, at Celtic Park to publicise a charity match next month where he will organise a team to take on former Hoops midfielder Stiliyan Petrov's side, added: "I thought it was a good performance and I am sure it will improve as the season goes on".

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"First of all how is the need for us?"

That trend looks set to continue this season with Liverpool happy to let Ragnar Klavan leave the club.

"That's maybe the problem with the transfer window. We could give a few players the opportunity but there's no number in my mind at the moment". That will not happen.

"There are more hard things in life than not being in a match squad for a day".

The reds kick off in the final game of Matchday 2, away on Monday night at Crystal Palace.

Trent Alexander-Arnold is the most obvious example of this with the young right-back given the opportunity to play in the absence of Nathaniel Clyne previous year and taking that opportunity with both hands.