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Jurgen Klopp explains why has chosen Dejan Lovren instead of Joel Matip

Liverpool head coach Jurgen Klopp has explained his choice of starting lineup.

Dejan Lovren will play alongside with Virgil Van Dijk in the center, despite the fact, that Joel Matip was German coach’s first choice in latest matches.

“Dejan has been training for about three or four weeks already. Joel played so many games, so it’s just to use fresh legs and the energy of Dejan. That’s pretty much all we changed.” Klopp said (via Liverpool official website)

Joe Gomez is finally back after missing several months due to injury. England international, however, will not start as Lovren.

“Joe (Gomez) actually should have played a couple of minutes today in an internal friendly game behind closed doors, but Alberto was not ready for the bench and we don’t have a lot of left-back options left, so that’s why Joe is in.” Klopp added.

Liverpool – Porto will start at 20:00 (UK Time)

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