Klopp: 'Medical department would smash me' if I don't rotate vs Milan

Jurgen Klopp insists he will rotate his Liverpool XI for AC Milan Champions League clash to avoid player burnout as he jokes medical staff would ‘smash’ him if he didn’t make changes

  • Liverpool travel to AC Milan in their final Champions League group-stage game
  • Tuesday’s match will see Liverpool ring the changes for a trip to the San Siro
  • Reds boss Jurgen Klopp is wary of the hectic Christmas schedule on his players 

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits he has to rotate his players for their final Champions League group match against AC Milan in Italy for fear of retribution from his medical department.

After five matches in 15 days, the Reds boss is wary of overloading his most-used players ahead of what is a busy festive programme.

‘We have to rotate, we will rotate. We have to rotate, that is the headline,’ he said.

Jurgen Klopp has revealed he’ll make changes for Liverpool’s clash with AC Milan on Tuesday

Liverpool are preparing for a trip to Italy in their final Champions League group-stage clash

‘The medical department would smash me if I played the same side again, so I will make changes.

‘I’m in the hands of the medical dept. I have to accept their decisions.’

One player who could start is Divock Origi. The Belgian was Liverpool’s matchwinner against Wolves but has played a minimal role at Anfield again this season.

Speaking about the striker, Klopp said: ‘It’s pretty likely [he’ll start]. Moan is not the right word but he knocks on my door and we talk from time to time. It’s about letting things happen. He had injuries in wrong moments. I remember that decisive moment (in 2016) he was flying and got injured against Everton. 

‘We had to rush him back for Europa League final. Things like this are decisive for careers. Div played behind Mo [Salah], Bobby [Firmino] and Sadio [Mane]. It doesn’t mean you’re not world class if you don’t start for us. It’s a nice story, let’s carry on from here.’ 

Saturday’s matchwinner Divock Origi (centre right) is set to start for Liverpool at the San Siro

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