Jurgen Klopp’s reason for dropping Salah and Firmino from Liverpool XI

Jurgen Klopp says Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino have been dropped to the bench for Liverpool’s clash with Burnley because of their hectic fixture schedule.

The Premier League champions are aiming to record their first win in five games against Sean Dyche’s Clarets, which will move them back to within three points of current leaders Manchester United.

But they will be without two members of their much-feared attacking triumvirate at Anfield, as Salah and Firmino have been named on the bench.

Sadio Mane is instead starting alongside Divock Origi and Xherdan Shaqiri in attack, and Klopp insists he had no choice but to rotate.

Liverpool were last in action against United on Sunday, when they were held to a 0-0 draw by their title rivals, and three days after their meeting with Burnley they go away to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

When asked about his decision to drop Salah and Firmino, Klopp said: “We have to use the quality in the squad, playing every three days and we have to make changes.”

The Reds are also without captain Jordan Henderson altogether against Burnley after the midfielder sustained a minor injury problem.

Klopp said: “Jordan Henderson felt (something) a little bit and we hope it is not serious and that is why he is not in the squad.

“It will be a very intense game tonight and have good options on the bench.

“We planned to play with Hendo and Fabinho again but Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood fight with all they have and if they don't get the ball they go down, it is tricky.

“It is about how the defence deals with these specific situations.”

Liverpool will hope to put the pressure back on United after watching their rivals claim a 2-1 win away at Fulham on Wednesday night.

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Ademola Lookman fired the Cottagers in front after five minutes, only for Edinson Cavani to bring United level 16 minutes later.

Paul Pogba then made the difference in the second half, firing home a sensational curling effort from the edge of the box to seal the win for Solskjaer’s men.

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