Jurgen Klopp explains Liverpool FC absences against West Ham

Jurgen Klopp admits that Liverpool FC have far more strength in depth this season

Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: New Balance

Jurgen Klopp has admitted that the likes of Alberto Moreno and Adam Lallana were not involved for Liverpool FC in their Premier League opener against West Ham on Sunday because of the Reds’ growing strength in depth.

The Reds kicked off the new Premier League season in style by claiming a commanding 4-0 win over the Hammers at Anfield to make a solid start to the new campaign.

Two goals from Sadio Mane, plus strikes from Mohamed Salah and Daniel Sturridge wrapped up the three points for Klopp’s men as their thumping win moved them to the top of the Premier League table.

Liverpool FC were busy in the summer transfer window as they brought in Naby Keita, Fabinho, Xherdan Shaqiri and Alisson Becker.

And Klopp has admitted that the added strength in depth of his squad is causing some players to miss out on having a chance to feature.

Speaking at his post-match news conference at Anfield on Sunday, Klopp said: “Alberto Moreno, I have no explanation why he’s not in the squad – he had a fantastic pre-season, he got better and better and better but we have to make these decisions.

“Adam Lallana didn’t come on and is getting better and better and better.

“Clyney the same, Dom Solanke, Divock Origi are all getting better and better and better, but that’s what you need. I am pretty open when I speak about this.

“I don’t like telling players you are not in or whatever, especially when they give it all in the training sessions, but it is a completely normal part of the business.”

Liverpool FC will be aiming to be among the challengers for the Premier League title this season after they finished in fourth place in the table last term.

The Reds are still to win their first trophy since Klopp’s appointment back in 2015.

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