Jurgen Klopp explains decision to bench Sadio Mane for Liverpool’s clash with Manchester United

Sadio Manehas been named on the bench for Liverpool’s trip to Manchester United (AFP via Getty)

Jurgen Klopp has explained that he has to ‘used the squad’ after deciding to drop Sadio Mane for Liverpool’s clash with Manchester United on Sunday.

The Senegal international has been in excellent form for Liverpool in recent weeks with five goals in his last eight appearances.

However, Mane has been forced to settle for a place on the bench for Liverpool’s trip to Old Trafford on Sunday with Jota starting on the left flank.

And Klopp has been keen to point out that Jota was also in superb form before he suffered an injury during the international break.

When asked about the decision to start Jota ahead of Mane, Klopp told Sky Sports: ‘We have to use the squad, that’s how it is.

‘In a game like this, you don’t want to be changing six or seven times.

Sadio Mane has scored five goals in his last eight games for Liverpool (AFP via Getty)

‘But Diogo before the international break was in outstanding scoring form then went to the national team, slightly injured and needed a little bit of time to come back.’

Klopp also explained his decision to hand Ibrahima Konate his second Premier League start of the season.

‘Ibrahima is training at the highest level and, of course, Joel is a great player, but we cannot just push it through all the time,’ said Klopp.

‘We saw a few things where we thought it would be a good game for Ibrahima. Hopefully he will have a good game.’

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