sport news Klopp forced to defend his team-selection against Chelsea

'We made seven changes because we knew it would be intense': Jurgen Klopp forced to defend his team selection as Liverpool's dream of a historic Treble is dashed by Chelsea

By Sami Mokbel for the Daily Mail

Published: 00:26 GMT, 4 March 2020 | Updated: 00:28 GMT, 4 March 2020

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Jurgen Klopp was forced to defend his team-selection on Tuesday night as Liverpool's dream of a historic Treble was dashed by Chelsea.

Adrian's calamitous error gifted Willian the opener before Ross Barkley's marvellous solo effort booked Frank Lampard side's place in the FA Cup quarter-finals.

Klopp made seven changes from the side that lost to Watford on Saturday - and included youngsters Neco Williams and Curtis Jones in his starting XI as well as fringe players Adrian, Adam Lallana and Takumi Minamino.

Jurgen Klopp was forced to defend team-selection as Liverpool lost in the FA Cup to Chelsea

Jurgen Klopp was forced to defend team-selection as Liverpool lost in the FA Cup to Chelsea

'We made seven changes because we knew it would be intense. We made the changes because there would be a lot of sprints because of how Chelsea play in midfield,' he said.

'It was clear we needed acceleration. It's a learning process for the young players and you can't do that in the living room at home.

'Losing 2-0 is not good. But it's easy to explain. We made two massive mistakes around the goals.' 

Despite being virtually assured of winning their first

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