Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists axe threat to stars is not personal

JURGEN KLOPP says he faces tough decisions when it comes to bringing Wembley heartbreak to Liverpool stars axed from his Capital One Cup squad.

But the Kop boss – who revealed he puts the squad up on a screen – says it is not personal.

He said: “That’s the business. Any questions from the players asking, ‘Why?’ are for after the game.

“But the answer will always be the same – because these are the right 11, 16 or 18 players. That’s pretty easy.”

Klopp’s men take on Manchester City at Wembley this afternoon looking to secure the first trophy of his reign in the Capital One Cup Final.

The German took over from sacked manager Brendan Rodgers in October. And he is ready to make the difficult choices when it comes to deciding who plays and who does not.

“I like all the players so if someone thinks it’s because I don’t like him then it’s his fault. That’s not the reason,” said Klopp.

“I’m fully professional – I try to imagine what is best for us.

“When I started as a manager I told every player individually. And after that, I said never again because everyone I told before my first game that they were in, were like, ‘Yeessss’.

“Of course, the rest were miserable.

“Normally now we get them all together in a circle and we put the squad on the screen.

“Any player can then talk to me but not before the game because nothing will change. It’s like a referee with his decision. Afterwards we can talk – but before the game, no.”

Meanwhile, Daniel Sturridge is the Liverpool striker Klopp MUST rely on to shoot down City today, according to Anfield old boy Jan Molby.

Kop hotshot Sturridge, 26, has returned to action just in time to feature in the Wembley showdown.

And former fans’ favourite Molby believes the ex-City attacker has the class to make a difference in front of goal against Manuel Pellegrini’s side.

Ex-Denmark playmaker Molby, 52, said: “You want Sturridge in there. If you’re living off scraps, which could happen in a fi nal, you want Sturridge on the pitch.

“He’s proven at the highest level.

“It’s been frustrating for Sturridge with the injuries but fingers crossed he can stay injury-free now.”