How Liverpool Played 32 Players in Man United Loss 

Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp

Manchester United handed Liverpool a 4-0 defeat on Tuesday, July 12, in their pre-season friendly match at the Bangkok Rajamangala Stadium, Thailand. 

In the match, Liverpool was able to field a total of 32 players with Jürgen Klopp featuring at least 10 teenagers in the game. 

The Liverpool boss noted that the decision was made in order to improve his squad's fitness with each player getting 30 minutes of play. 

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“You could see the 30 minutes we gave the boys was enough. Some would have been happier if we’d taken them off after 20! Nothing we had done in training the last few days prepares you for a football game. It’s just about getting used to it again. 

“We were sometimes in a rush or too high and with the way United defended with a man-marking in midfield, we lost the balls at the wrong moments. They finished the situation off. We have to improve and even if United hadn’t won 4-0 we’d have to improve. It’s just the start of pre-season,” Klopp noted. 

Klopp is known for his pre-season tactics where he helps his players reboot after a break, as in the last pre-season when Liverpool had two special 30-minute friendlies arranged against Wacker Innsbruck and Stuttgart at their training camp in Austria. 

The Reds manager repeated employed the same tactic with no outfield player clocking more than half an hour on the pitch as his team has only had two days of pre-season. The move was to avoid pushing any player beyond their limit and avoid unnecessary injuries. 

Liverpool continue with their pre-season tour in Singapore when they face Crystal palace on Friday, July 15.

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