Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has warned some players to expect to be disappointed as he does not intend to use cup competitions to give fringe players a run out.
With no European football this season there is less pressure on the squad than there was during the 63 matches they were involved in during their run to the Capital One Cup and Europa League finals in the previous campaign.
Klopp is keen to establish some rhythm having seen his side fire blanks in losing at Burnley just a week after beating Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium, but wants his players to fight for their places.
It means changes will be kept to a minimum for Tuesday’s EFL Cup at Sky Bet Championship side Burton, leaving some players frustrated.
“We will make changes but not big changes, it is not really likely we change seven or eight positions,” he said.
“Of course we respect the opponent but it is not the moment to rest someone but we have a few players who are now in a good shape and they have two weeks’ more pre-season, if you like, more to train.
“I cannot give all players together the opportunity to play. Sometimes we have to work longer to change the situation.
“Of course each week in which they can’t or didn’t play it is not too good for a player but that is how it is in football, you accept this when you start playing the game.
Liverpool – transfer ins and outs
IN: Sadio Mane
Former Club: Southampton. Fee: £30m. Despite interest from Manchester United, the former Saints winger says he chose Liverpool to work with Jurgen Klopp.
IN: Georginio Wijnaldum
Former Club: Newcastle. Fee: £25m. Another big name, expensive signing, the Dutchman is expected to fill the role emptied by Joe Allen’s departure.
IN: Loris Karius
Former Club: Mainz. Fee: £4.7m. With Simon Mignolet having very little competition last season, Klopp has moved to up the ante this season.
IN: Joel Matip
Former Club: Schalke. Fee: Free. With the departure of Kolo Toure, came the arrival of Schalke’s younger and more exciting Matip.
IN: Ragnar Klavan
Former Club: Augsburg. Fee: Undisclosed. After impressing the Liverpool scouting team during a Europa League clash last season, it remains to be seen how Klavan will fit in.
OUT: Jordon Ibe
New club: Bournemouth. Fee: £15m. Klopp and Ibe developed a strong working relationship at Anfield last season but, at £15m, the Reds could hardly say no.
OUT: Martin Skrtel
New club: Fenerbachce. Fee: £5m. A vital part of Liverpool sides throughout the years, the Slovakian’s time on Merseyside finally came to a close this summer.
2015 Liverpool FC
OUT: Joe Allen
New club: Stoke City. Fee: £13m. A cult hero for many, the Welshman’s excellent displays for his country at Euro 2016 were not enough to keep him at Anfield.
OUT: Kolo Toure
New club: Celtic. Fee: Free. Linking up with former manager Brendan Rodgers at Celtic Park, the former Ivory Coast defender was surplus this summer at Liverpool.
2016 Getty Images
OUT: Jordan Rossiter
New club: Rangers. Fee: £0.25m. Popular with Liverpool supporters, some were disappointed to see a youth product leave the club.
“The only thing a player can do is work as hard as possible, to perform in each session and then the manger has to make a decision.”
Liverpool had 81 per cent possession against Burnley and despite attempting 26 shots managed just five on target and rarely troubled goalkeeper Tom Heaton.
“There was not enough desire in the last third. We had so many moments around the box where we could have made better decisions,” added the German, who is likely to give Belgium striker Divock Origi and new centre-back Joel Matip their first starts of the season.
“We could have done much better. When we were ready for crossing we had no-one in the box and that makes 0.0 per cent sense.
“That is what I mean when I speak about desire. We had so many shots from outside (the box) and sometimes you have to try but it looked too early and kind of desperate.
“To create something like a real mentality you need time. The first game (against Arsenal) was very good, the second game not, so what’s the truth now?
“There is no pressure in this moment, it is more a chance to bring the Liverpool train in the right direction and that is what we want to do.”