Jurgen Klopp has conceded that his hopes of rotating his squad through “the toughest period in world football” are reliant on Liverpool avoiding any further injury setbacks.
The German was able to make nine changes to his starting XI on Thursday evening as the Reds secured passage to the Europa League knockout stages as group winners with a 4-0 win over LASK.
However, whether he can take a similar approach for an upcoming run of eight games in 24 days depends on keeping his players fit during that gruelling run.
Klopp said: “I am not sure we can rotate all the time, I don’t know, it depends on who is available. [vs. LASK] we could do it, that’s why we did it.
“When you lose in Toulouse, people tell you too it’s too many changes, no rhythm. I’d think it myself if I saw the game, is it the right decision? The problem is it’s already done.
“We have to do it as long as we can, but I don’t know if we can do it. You saw Newcastle playing in the Champions League with two goalies and three kids on the bench, and a centre-half. That is really tough.
“We have to make sure we have as many available as much as you can have influence on it, which we don’t have really.
“We watch it, take what we get, and go from there. As I said, the toughest period in world football is coming up and it’s a good start [vs. LASK], now let’s keep going.”
Klopp was also pushed for a further update on Thiago, who has been sidelined since undergoing hip surgery in May.
He added: “Nothing changed, we said that needs time and we will give him that time. See him every day, still a fantastic guy who works hard to get back.”