LIVERPOOL boss Jurgen Klopp has shocked fans by starting Adam Lallana against Burnley – and he has gone some way in explaining his decision.
Liverpool take on Burnley this lunchtime at Anfield, in desperate need of a win.
Manchester City won yesterday at the Etihad to extend their lead at the top of the Premier League to four points.
Raheem Sterling scored a brilliant hat-trick to down the Hornets within 15 minutes of the second half.
Whereas the Reds have gone into a patchy strain of form in recent weeks, dropping points to Manchester United, West Ham and Everton.
It has allowed City to creep back into top spot in the Premier League but Klopp can close the gap back to four points today.
And in such a crucial game, the German manager has made the big call to drop his captain Jordan Henderson and play Lallana instead.
Fans have been in utter confusion over the decision but Klopp has come out to explain his decision.
“We had a complete training week and actually that’s how it is,” Klopp told BT Sport.
“If you have five sessions a week, everybody can show up and Adam was exceptional during the week.
“So, in a situation where you think a little bit how you can adjust one or two things, it’s smart.
“He trained well for a while already but this week was especially well – that’s the reason why he starts.”
Meanwhile, Phil Thompson has been critical of Klopp’s decision to play both Fabinho and Henderson together against Everton last week.
“I think the area now is going to be looked at,” Thompson said.
“You would imagine the front three are going to start.
“So it’s that area just in behind and what Jurgen Klopp is going to come up with.
“Henderson and Fabinho for me are too similar for a game like this at home.”