Former Liverpool goalkeeper David James has said that Jurgen Klopp has done a great job so far at Anfield, having only joined in October, but he does have one criticism of the German.
James thinks that Klopp has rotated a bit too much during his opening few games on Merseyside, suggesting it can upset the rhythm of the side's play.
The former goalkeeper turned pundit told the Liverpool Echo: “When you make a lot of changes, consistency is bound to take a hit. You lose a bit of cohesion.
“There was a tremendous performance against Southampton in the League Cup but Liverpool were below par against Newcastle. It was the same in difficult conditions in Sion and against West Brom.
“Part of the reason why the team hasn’t been as fluent is down to how many changes there have been.
“Jurgen is still relatively new at the club and is looking for the right formula. It’s a difficult transition."
But then there is the need to look at things from the other side of the coin.
Klopp has consistently said there are a lot of games to play, and as a result changes to the side are necessary. It is hard to play the same starting XI for four games in 14 days for example, and if Klopp has different options at his disposal then he is obviously going to look at making changes to ensure players do not burn out.
The back-line has been relatively settled thus far. The lack of established full-back options to cover for Alberto Moreno and Nathaniel Clyne means they are playing most games, while one of Dejan Lovren and Mamadou Sakho have been sidelined so far meaning that Martin Skrtel has been a near ever-present.
Then there are the amount of injuries that Klopp has had to cope with ever since he walked through the door. He has reintegrate his captain back into the side while a striker shortage has been a factor with injuries to Danny Ings, Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke during his time at the club, while youngster Divock Origi has been called upon.
Some of the changes have been necessary to either prevent players getting tired or because there are several injuries to the side. With that in mind it looks pretty hard not to rotate the team, and the effects are something Liverpool are going to have to deal with.
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