Klopp rules out major changes for Maribor clash

Lynette Rowe
October 17, 2017

"No chance (will I rotate the squad)", he said.

Ideally, Klopp would be in a position to rest a couple of key players ahead of another important Premier League clash next weekend - they travel to Wembley to face Tottenham on Sunday - but Liverpool can not afford to drop any more points and must be wary of Maribor, who are unbeaten in their domestic league.

Liverpool have suffered a rut of form in September and October, winning just one of eight matches in all competitions, and Klopp believes they must be wary against the Slovenian PrvaLiga champions.

Klopp may be tempted to hand Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain a start as he attempts to adjust to his new surroundings at Anfield after leaving Arsenal in the summer, but the 24-year-old has done little to justify such an opportunity.

Maribor are winless at home in the Champions League group stages (D3 L4).

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"Of course, it's better if Adam could have scored in one game or another, but there is nothing we can do about this".

"They are a good footballing team".

Maribor - who have won the title in six of the last seven seasons - are 14 games unbeaten domestically and despite having yet to win in Europe this season, will be no pushovers. They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine CL games. "I can not now mention it if I need it and then when I don't need it then I say it's not important", continued the boss. I don't think they have changed much in their approach of sitting in and playing on the counter-attack, which they did against Celtic a couple of years ago. I think it could even be a late goal for them to get the win, with captain Jordan Henderson coming to the rescue with an overdue goal.

"So far it has been okay but not what we know he is able to do". With only three matches left to play after tomorrow night, things are going to be tight enough as it is and with a trip to Sevilla still to come, we need to pick up the easy points and let the hard ones sort themselves out.

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