Instead, he said pre-match, the chosen players still need to learn one another’s game and have performed well throughout the week in training.
“I don’t know if it [picking the team] was easy but I was really pleased with the way we played against Spurs and the way these players have been working in the week. I think we need consistency in our performances and need to learn – we’re still learning a lot about each other. This is one of the reasons I kept the same starting XI.”
He then turned his attention to the game itself, sharing his thoughts on the clash with the Reds:
“I’m really pleased to come back. To be a manager in the Premier League has always been the dream. Being at Anfield is one of the great stadiums in Europe.