Klopp backs Solskjaer’s rotation against Leicester and reckons United’s fixture list ‘is a crime’

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Jurgen Klopp has backed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s rotation of his side against Leicester and has described Manchester United’s fixture scheduling as a ‘crime’.

United will face their fourth fixture in just eight days when they host Liverpool in the Premier League tomorrow evening, the tie having been rearranged after the original game was postponed amid fan protests.

Solskjaer made 10 changes to his side for the clash with Leicester on Tuesday evening, a host of youngsters featuring as the Red Devils were beaten 2-1 by the Foxes at Old Trafford.

Leicester’s win has weakened Liverpool’s hopes of securing Champions League football this season, though Klopp has backed Solskjaer’s decision and says their enforced changes are not the fault of the Norwegian or his players.

“It was the line-up I expected,” said Klopp at his pre-match press conference.

“I knew he had to make these changes. They play Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday.

“The protest in Manchester led up to this situation, but to play Sunday, Tuesday and then Thursday is a crime. It is not the fault of Ole and the players.

“Would I have done the same? Yes. We have to.

“We are late in the season. United are in the European final which means a lot of games. The weekend after is a weekend off for United, but I am not the guy who makes the fixtures.”

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