Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp discusses selection issues ahead of Dortmund clash

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Klopp has several attacking options at his disposal right now.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said he will have to make some hard selection decisions if his players keep playing like they did in Sunday's 4-1 win on Sunday over Stoke City.

Klopp made seven changes to the side with injuries, suspensions and the second leg of their Europa League tie with Borussia Dortmund all factors for the Reds boss to consider. 

He saw an impressive display from many of his players and it shows that he has options ahead of Thursday's tie which could be potentially season defining.

Klopp told the official Liverpool website: "That's a good thing if I have to think about the line-up or something. That's what I do most of the time, to be honest!

"If all players play like this then I have to make hard decisions. That's not my hobby but that's the best thing to do as a manager and hopefully we have to make hard decisions for Thursday.

"We need more opportunities. You cannot go through this big number of games always with the same line-up."

Philippe Coutinho and Dejan Lovren were unused substitutes at the weekend while Mamadou Sakho was not part of the match-day squad at all.

That means the centre-back partnership that performed so well in the 1-1 draw in Dortmund are fresh for the return leg, while it is expected that Joe Allen and Emre Can will partner each other in the centre of midfield after Jordan Henderson's knee injury. Adam Lallana also played just the half hour while Roberto Firmino came through his first start in just over three weeks unscathed. 

Klopp certainly has options in the final third and his biggest selection dilemma would seem to concern Divock Origi and Daniel Sturridge with the young Belgian impressing so much in the first leg, and scoring twice as a second-half substitute on Sunday.

Sturridge also found the net and showed signs that he was getting back to sharpness while he and Origi seemed to click as a front pairing and could draw a bold selection out of Klopp for the second leg. 

There are certainly some fresh legs to choose from as Liverpool have a little bit of momentum going into the second leg, and Dortmund could be left second guessing given the options the Reds now have at their disposal. 

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