Jurgen Klopp claims he made seven changes to his Liverpool team for the FA Cup clash at Chelsea because he knew the game would be “super intense”.
The Reds suffered a third defeat in four games in all competitions on Tuesday night, going down 2-0 at Stamford Bridge.
Klopp changed his team somewhat from the one that lost 3-0 to Watford in the Premier League on Saturday.
Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino were left out, as was Trent Alexander-Arnold, but it was still a fairly strong starting eleven.
Virgil van Dijk , Joe Gomez, Andy Robertson, and Sadio Mane all started the fifth round tie for the Premier League leaders.
Jurgen Klopp made seven changes to the Liverpool team for the FA Cup clash at Chelsea
But goals from Willian and Ross Barkley consigned the Reds to another defeat and ended their hopes of a treble.
Klopp claimed he was still happy with his team’s performance and felt justified in the changes made.
“Losing 2-0 is not good, but in this case it’s relatively easy to explain,” he said. “We made two massive mistakes around the goals.
Jurgen Klopp claimed he made so many changes to his Liverpool team because he knew it was going to be a frantic game
“The performance tonight was completely different to the performance against Watford. Against Watford, it was really bad. Tonight, it was not bad.
“I liked the reaction. I liked the way we played. There was some good stuff.
“It was a super intense game. We made seven changes because we knew it would be intense. But I’m not concerned about momentum. It’s football.
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“We never thought that it would be an easy season, that it would be an easy period, that it would be an easy game tonight. Nothing. It was always difficult, but we did very well. We were just not good enough in decisive moments, and that’s what we have to accept.”