Saunders defends Klopp’s team selection in Liverpool defeat

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 09: Dean Saunders manager of Chesterfield looks on prior to the Emirates FA Cup first round match between FC United of Manchester and Chesterfield at Broadhurst Park on November 9, 2015 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Former Liverpool striker Dean Saunders has risen to Jurgen Klopp’s defence following the club’s shock FA Cup exit to Wolves on Monday

The German coach made nine changes to the line-up that lost 2-1 to Manchester City last week with three teenagers debuting at Molineux.

But goals from Raul Jimenez and Ruben Neves sealed Wolves a 2-1 win and handed a second successive defeat for Liverpool on the night.

Although Saunders insists Klopp is right to give priority to other competitions, while defending his team selection.

“I find it difficult to criticise him [Klopp] because he’s got a point,” Saunders told talkSPORT on Twitter.

“The Premier League and the Champions League are the targets for the club.

“He’s made nine changes, so that team he put out last night has never played with each other before.

“He did come out and say he took a risk. He changed the goalkeeper, the whole back four was different, Lovren and Milner were the only two that were unchanged.”

Liverpool haven’t progressed past the fourth round in the FA Cup for the last three seasons under Klopp.

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“Traditionally, in this country, everybody loves the FA Cup,” Saunders added.

“But then you get managers coming over, foreign managers who probably don’t understand how important it is, plus the money that’s involved in the Premier League.”

The Reds will next take on Brighton in the Premier League this Saturday.