Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp explains team changes for FA Cup clash with Chelsea

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has explained why he has picked a stronger team for the FA Cup clash with Chelsea compared to earlier games in the competition.

Klopp had played the kids for the clashes with Everton and Shrewsbury last month but the Reds now travel to Stamford Bridge in the fifth round.

And the German has named a more experienced line-up with the likes of Sadio Mane, Joe Gomez, Adam Lallana and Virgil van Dijk all starting.

Andrew Robertson, Divock Origi and Fabinho also start as Liverpool look to bounce back from their first loss of the Premier League season.

Jurgen Klopp has named a relatively strong Liverpool team to face Chelsea
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The Anfield outfit were beaten 3-0 by Watford on Saturday and Klopp has explained why he has picked the line-up he has for the Chelsea clash.

Klopp said: “We make the changes because we can, we have the players for it.

“I wanted a team which is naturally looking forward to this game, not counting the days between games. Fresh legs, we want quality, we want positivity.

Joe Gomez returns to the Liverpool side against Chelsea
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“I am really happy with the team, I like the team. Let’s get ready for it.

“We have had no time to show a response really, I can’t expect them to run like crazy in training. The players who played against Watford had to help the boys who play today.

“We lost a game, it felt not good, but it’s over. This is a different competition.”

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Gomez returns to the starting line-up having missed out at Vicarage Road due to injury.

Liverpool team to face Chelsea: Adrian, Williams, Van Dijk, Gomez, Robertson, Fabinho, Lallana, Jones, Minamino, Mane, Origi.

Subs: Lonergan, Milner, Firmino, Salah, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Matip, Chirivella.