Klopp to ring in the changes

LONDON • A frantic fixture list is not about to ease up for Liverpool, who face their ninth match in 30 days when they visit Swansea in the Premier League today.

Manager Juergen Klopp has indicated he will respond to the demands on his team by making several changes for a game sandwiched between their two Europa League semi-final meetings with Villarreal.

The German's hand has been forced by the timing of the fixture, which will kick off just 62 hours after Thursday's first leg 1-0 loss to Villarreal finished.

"We have to respect the intensity of the last game and think about the line-up for Sunday," he said. "A 12 o'clock kick-off (against Swansea)? I can't believe it. We got home at 3.30am on Friday, and I guess no one slept straightaway."

After Liverpool's Europa League quarter-final against Borussia Dortmund earlier this month, he made 10 changes for the trip to Bournemouth that followed the first leg and seven for the home match against Stoke.

The fact Liverpool won both those league games justified the manager's selection policy, which is likely to be used again.

Backup goalkeeper Danny Ward is likely to start at Swansea along with other fringe players. Despite their recent glut of fixtures, Liverpool stayed unbeaten in the league last month.

Swansea reached the 40-point mark - generally considered to be enough to secure safety - three weeks ago. But they have been poor since then, losing 3-0 to Newcastle and 4-0 to Leicester City.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on May 01, 2016, with the headline 'Klopp to ring in the changes'. Print Edition | Subscribe