Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will try to get several of his senior players out of the dead rubber of the Champions League in Porto at home.
The team has already qualified as Group winners, with two matches remaining in Group B, but with injuries still significantly affecting his squad, he admits that he can improve their well-being by playing at full strength. Will give priority
“We always respect the competition but we have to think first about ourselves and our schedule and the position of our players,” he said.
“We haven’t made these decisions yet, to be honest, because, how do we all know, at this time of season, the medical department has a big hand in the line-up.”
Jordan Henderson was fit enough for a replacement role against Arsenal on Saturday after returning from England duty with a minor problem, while left-hander Andy Robertson was completely ruled out after an injury with Scotland.
Both are fit enough to face Porto, but Klopp has a balancing act.
“Hando, we’ll see. Tomorrow, I’d say maybe he wasn’t at 100 percent. So he can play, he can do a lot but it’s really about getting 100 pcs fit,” Klopp said.
“Robo, Equal. Both are fine, but are both ready to play now, ready to start but with schedules, games to come?
“We have to make these decisions.”