Jurgen Klopp says he’s not sure how long he’ll be able to get away with wholesale changes at the Carabao Cup
Jurgen Klopp says he doesn’t know how much longer he will be able to get away with wholesale trades at the Carabao Cup as he admits Liverpool’s new starting eleven ‘didn’t play well’ in Preston’s win.
- Liverpool beat a strong Preston 2-0 at Deepdale on Wednesday night
- Jurgen Klopp made 11 changes since Manchester United’s 5-0 win
- He admits that he’s not sure how long he’ll get away with making bulk changes.
Jurgen Klopp relied on his Carabao Cup specialists to beat stubborn Preston on Wednesday night, but the Liverpool manager admitted he doesn’t know how much longer he can get away with wholesale changes to the competition.
Second-half spikes by Takumi Minamino and Divock Origi led Liverpool to the quarter-finals after Preston squandered some golden opportunities before the break at sold-out Deepdale.
Klopp traded the 11 players from Manchester United’s 5-0 demolition on Sunday and showed that Liverpool were frustrated for long periods by a Preston side with nine changes of their own.
Jurgen Klopp says he’s not sure how long he will get away with making various changes to the cup.
Origi and Minamino were two of the more predictable changes: Origi now has 11 goals in 10 League Cup starts, while Minamino has five in the same number of appearances, but Klopp also included teens Harvey Blair and Tyler Morton. while leaving out several fringe players.
Roberto Firmino, Diogo Jota and Ibrahima Konte entered the bench after playing at Old Trafford, but were ultimately not needed, something that may change in the next round with League One Sunderland as the only non-Premier League team yet is in the competition.
“It really depends on specific situations,” Klopp said of his selection. “ I don’t think we could have lined up really differently tonight.
‘Of course Bobby was here and Diogo was here, but it really wasn’t the plan to bring them in, we wanted to get over this.
“We have to see, I don’t make these decisions two or three weeks before we play the next round.”
Divock Origi has become a Carabao Cup specialist, scoring 11 goals in 10 League Cup starts
Though Klopp admitted that his makeshift team “didn’t play well,” he pointed to a number of encouraging displays.
Morton was among them, and the 18-year-old showed composure and vision with his pass in midfield.
“Tyler Morton has real talent,” Klopp said. ‘He is a smart footballer. You can see his natural movements and his technique is really good.
“Now we have to make sure that we have to help him get the body for football, which is not too small and thin. That is all to come.
Liverpool enjoyed nearly 80 per cent of possession in the first half, but came in without a shot on goal, instead relieved that Preston missed a golden opportunity just before the half-hour mark when Adrian saved. Point blank from Sean Maguire before Ryan. Ledson’s tracking came to a halt on the line.
Takumi Minamino made the most of an unusual start in Preston when he got on the roster.
Klopp replaced Joel Matip with Nat Phillips at halftime, while another change at 10 minutes into the second half, when Conor Bradley replaced Blair to allow Neco Williams to advance, proved pivotal with Williams having a hand on both goals.
“Nat played very well,” Klopp added about Phillips. Joel was not injured. We wanted him to play 45 minutes so he could keep up, then Nat came in.
He’s in incredible shape, training really well and I think you can see it. It’s a top-notch midfield, so it’s good to see it.
“Conor Bradley also has real talent, a big heart and real football intelligence, and he gave us the opportunity to move a little further.”