Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has explained why he rung the changes to his line-up for the visit of Everton at Anfield.
The German made five changes in total, with James Milner and Adam Lallana coming in for midfielders Jordan Henderson and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, while Adrian replaced goalkeeper Alisson, suspended after receiving a red card in the 2-1 win over Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday.
“One change we had to do in Adrian for Alisson, and the other four we wanted to do, just to respect the game, to respect the intensity of the game first and foremost,” Klopp told the media.
“We did it because we can do it. I have to show the respect for the boys and I’ve said a lot of times how much I like the squad and now we have to use it.
“That’s the line-up for today because we think the game will be really intense and for this you need kind of fresh legs and we try to bring them in.”
Everton boss Marco Silva, meanwhile, stuck with the Everton side which started in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Leicester City.
The Reds are hoping to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League, having seen Man City move back to within eight points of the Reds with a defeat of Burnley on Tuesday.