Jurgen Klopp came under fire from some Liverpool supporters for deciding not to start Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane against Chelsea on Saturday.
The manager’s call could have cost the Merseyside outfit all three points as they were unable to find a winner after Willian cancelled out Mohamed Salah’s opener.
Mane was eventually brought on as a substitute, but it was not until the 89th minute when the game was in its closing stages.
The fact that the team had played four days earlier in a dramatic 3-3 draw with Sevilla in the Champions League may have played a part in Klopp’s decision.
However, the German has since claimed that rotating the squad is not a way of resting players, but for using the ones at his disposal.
Klopp on squad rotation: We don't rest our players, we use our players.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) November 28, 2017
In response to the comments, some fans took aim at Klopp and mentioned the regular absence of Andrew Robertson.
The left-back joined Liverpool from Hull City in the summer, but has made just three appearances in all competitions so far this season.
Robertson may have something to say about that.
— ¹⁰ (@CoutinhoPrime) November 28, 2017
So hendo plays 3 times in a week?
— Dave Moriarty (@BigDizzlar) November 28, 2017
When you rest Mane and Firmino, you are resting your best players Klopp get over yourself
— Luka (@ffxsMalik) November 28, 2017
Why don't you use Robertson?
— Liverpool FC (@alt_lfc) November 28, 2017
It’s seems that Robbo rest all the time…
— Omri Sheradsky (@werlfc96) November 28, 2017
Please use Robertson at leftback for the remainder of the season, or revert back to Milner. We hv had enough of Moreno
— Taa (@Tafiedee) November 28, 2017
Please let solanke play
— cryuf (@lordcryuff) November 28, 2017
Only Robertson does not get a chance.
— Akthar (@Akthar81545266) November 28, 2017