Jurgen Klopp insists he should be blamed for any failings with Liverpool FC’s rotation policy, not the Reds players.
The Liverpool FC manager sparked surprise with his team selection for the Merseyside derby at Anfield last weekend.
Klopp started with England Under-20 international Dominic Solanke up front and turned to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain on the wing ahead of Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.
Liverpool FC made the breakthrough in the first half thanks to Mohamed Salah’s brilliant finish before Sadio Mane’s selfishness denied the Reds the chance to extend their lead.
Dejan Lovren was penalised for a push on Dominic Calvert-Lewis and Wayne Rooney equalised from the spot against the run of play with 13 minutes remaining.
The Liverpool FC centre-half was criticised for his role in the stalemate, while Klopp’s team selection was scrutinised given the form of his Brazilian duo ahead of the derby.
Speaking at his pre-match media conference ahead of the visit of West Brom at Anfield on Wednesday night, Klopp said:
“I said after the game and I repeat again: any criticism of team selection must be thrown at me and me alone.
“It is not acceptable, in my view, to show any disrespect to the players who are picked and go out there to fight and perform for Liverpool. I am here to shoulder and absorb the criticism.
“These are my decisions, I believe they are the best for the team when I make them and I stand with them afterwards – win, lose or draw.
“Our form – since we left Wembley Stadium after the Tottenham game – has been really positive. We show we are a squad packed with talented and committed players.”
Liverpool FC finished in fourth place in the Premier League table to secure a spot in the Champions League after a two-season absence.
The Reds stumbled over the line in the top-four race as injuries and fatigue impacted Klopp’s side.
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