Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has said nobody will be rested as he explained the thoughts behind his squad rotation.
Klopp made 10 changes for the win against Bournemouth in the Premier League at the weekend from the side that started the 4-3 win over Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League the previous Thursday, meaning that some younger and more inexperienced players have been getting their opportunity to show what they can do for the first-team. But more senior players are likely to come back into the side for tomorrow's clash against Everton.
The Reds boss told reporters at his pre-match press conference, as reported by the Liverpool Echo: “It doesn’t mean we have to rest players for two weeks! If somebody thought when they saw our line-up for Bournemouth that we didn’t want to win the game then it is the biggest misunderstanding in world history!
"We have a situation where we can change. We felt good before game against Bournemouth and it will be the same against Everton. No-one will be rested."
Klopp has urged his side to finish in the best position possible, knowing that a win in his first Merseyside derby can take the Reds up to sixth place, and within six points of the Champions League places - although a top four finish looks a little unlikely with games running out. However, he said the side could still be fifth which would mean overtaking Manchester United to finish there.
Despite the club being presented with an opportunity to make the Champions League via the Europa League - with the Reds drawn against Villarreal in the semi-finals - the Liverpool manager has said nobody is thinking about that just yet.
“Liverpool is a very big club, it’s very important, it’s a big difference between 7th or 6th of 5th," he said. "We need to try everything to get the best position we can get."
This is Klopp's first derby clash since he joined the club in October, and one thing he does not want is one of his players getting sent off for something stupid.
“Maybe one or two fans want to see stuff like this, but it will never help," he added. "I understand aggressiveness only in one way, and that is being prepared to hurt yourself, not somebody else.”
Liverpool will have Divock Origi available for tomorrow night's game after Klopp said the back problem he picked up in the latter stages of the win against Bournemouth was 'no real issue'. Kolo Toure had an issue with cramp while Martin Skrtel missed the game because of a groin injury.