Date published: Tuesday 28th November 2017 2:46

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp took exception to the term “resting players” at today’s press conference.

Speaking ahead of Wednesday’s trip to Stoke, where the Reds will look to extend their six-match unbeaten run in all competitions, Klopp answered questions about his squad rotation.

Key men Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino are set to return to the side after being left out of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Chelsea in favour of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Daniel Sturridge but Klopp believes their replacements proved an important point for his longer-term thinking in their absence.

“We had to make a few changes and it makes absolute sense in this part of the season to use the strength of the squad,” added the manager, who also has midfielder Emre Can fit again and will make a late decision on whether Dejan Lovren can return to the squad.

“So if you use a few players you have to leave out a few others and that’s what we did but it is not completely unlikely they (Mane and Firmino) will start.

“By the way we don’t ‘rest’, we use our players. We thought against Chelsea maybe we needed fresh legs and I thought it worked quite well.

“It is a very important sign for the squad from my side that I show the faith in all the boys and it was very important for me that the boys showed me they were 100 per cent ready.

“Probably we will make one or two changes from the last game to…

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