Klopp welcomes Liverpool issues

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is happy to have selection issues as he sees it as an indication of the strength of his squad.

Liverpool: Klopp welcomes Liverpool issuesLiverpool: Klopp welcomes Liverpool issues

The German made seven changes for the comfortable EFL Cup win at Derby, leaving Daniel Sturridge out of the squad completely, as he saw Emre Can return from injury.

He also handed Marko Grujic, academy product Ovie Ejara and goalkeeper Loris Karius their first starts, while Danny Ings made his first appearance of the season from the bench.

Klopp does have some interesting selection dilemmas ahead, starting in goal where Karius – a £4.7million summer signing from Mainz – is now in a position to challenge Simon Mignolet for the number one spot.

Can’s comeback increases the competition in midfield, with Adam Lallana and Georginio Wijnaldum also left out of the squad to face Derby, while Sadio Mane (also rested) is certain to get a recall to the forward line for Saturday’s visit of Hull, which means Sturridge could find himself on the bench again.

“The more players I have, the more difficult choices there are for me but the better it is for LFC,” Klopp said.

“Can’s fitness is not a problem. He has a strong mentality and fight but it is about rhythm – we can’t go into a shop and buy rhythm.

“I don’t rush it and Emre is cool about it.”

Klopp also stressed Ings still had a part to play somewhere down the line as he eases his way back into competitive football after a knee ligament injury curtailed last season.

“It was a difficult time (for him), I know this but, like all the others, he’s on a really good way and everybody can see this,” the Reds boss added.

“We will see what will happen, but he’s still an important player for us and it’s all good.”

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