Jurgen Klopp Defends Solskjaer’s Team Selection Against Leicester City
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists that it’s ‘a crime’ that United have to play 3 games in the space of 5 days and affirms that it’s impossible to play first-team players so regularly with the Red Devils also having a Europa League final to play.
When quizzed about whether he was surprised with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team selection in United’s defeat to Leicester City, Jurgen Klopp replied: “Not exactly what I expected but I knew he had to make these changes.
“I said it 500 times that with all the things that happened, and the protests at Manchester, to play Sunday-Tuesday-Thursday is a crime. It is.
“But it is not the fault of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and the players. My question to myself was: ‘Would I have done the same?’ Yes. You have to. You have to.
“We are late in the season, all the players played a lot of games. United went to the Europa League final so that means an awful lot of games and now you get Sunday-Tuesday-Thursday. That is not possible.
“But the weekend after is a weekend off for United. I am not the guy who is doing the schedule and fixture list but when we thought about how it could work out there was no Tuesday and Thursday game and we would all have played all the games. You could have moved one West Brom game (who Liverpool are due to play on Sunday) but that didn’t happen.”
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The Manchester United manager made 10 changes to his side that lost 1-2 to Leicester City on Tuesday. Solskjaer opted to play with youngsters and reserve players.
Moreover, the Red Devils can end Liverpool’s Champions League dreams on Thursday, should Ole’s rested stars get a win over the Reds at Old Trafford.