Jurgen Klopp reveals why money may prevent him from rotating his squad in final Champions League ties

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Jurgen Klopp reveals why money may prevent him from rotating his squad in final Champions League ties

Liverpool through with two games to spare

Liverpool came through another tough test in an ill-tempered affair at Anfield as they saw off Atletico Madrid 2-0 to secure top spot in their Champions League group with two games to play.

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Goals from Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota in the first half preceded a red card for Felipe, which essentially killed the tie as a contest.

Luis Suarez, on his return to Anfield, had the ball in the net midway through the second half, but it was ruled out for a marginal offside

In the end, however, it was a well deserved three points for Klopp’s side, who make it a 100% record in the group stage this season.

Will the youth play?

Speaking after the victory, Jurgen Klopp began by describing the game as “almost perfect”, before heaping praise on Trent Alexander-Arnold, who provided the assists for both games.

However, he was far more coy when it came to saying what he would do in the remaining two games, implying somewhat that it was off the pitch issues that were set to force his hand. The German explained:

“You earn a lot of money to win Champions League games! The first target was to get through this group. But we did it with two games to go. What can we do? We will have to see.”

It is believed that clubs earn 2.4 million pounds per win, compared to just 800,000 pounds for a draw, meaning that the Reds could miss out on more than 3 million pounds should they not take the games as seriously now that they are atop the group.

With the pennies crucial on Merseyside, will this persuade Klopp to play a stronger side?

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