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Jurgen Klopp insists Liverpool’s ‘Fab Four’ aren’t alone in deserving praise for the club’s explosive attacking football.
The nickname was recently applied in tribute to the quartet of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino.
Klopp, however, deems the rest of his options as just as worthy of recognition as Liverpool’s regular starting front-men.
“I said it already – I have no problem with nicknames like ‘Fab Four’ but that is disrespectful against all the other players. It is,” the German told Liverpoolfc.com.
“We played a fantastic game at West Ham and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain was involved. We didn’t have Adam Lallana so far and I think he would fit fantastically in each group or band in this world.”
“Daniel Sturridge, Dom Solanke and all these offensive players… that’s not fair.”
“It was [those four] for the last game. [Against Everton], there will be really good offensive players if nothing happens. In which order or whatever, we will see, but it will be good.”
The success of Klopp’s rotation in recent weeks has largely come down to squad players slotting in comfortably and equipped to thrive in Liverpool’s system.
Solanke, in particular, was a prime example with his mature display as the focal point of the Reds’ attack in the recent 3-0 win over Stoke City.
Sturridge and Oxlade-Chamberlain have similarly contributed admirably, helping spearhead an impressive attacking effort in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea.
All have, admittedly, worked alongside members of the ‘Fab Four’, although their ability to adapt having not featured as regularly is testament to their value.
Rarely in the last few years have Liverpool been blessed with such strength in depth in attacking areas, with key players beginning to return to fitness to grant Klopp a practically full squad to make use of in the hectic festive period.