Virgil van Dijk has fired a warning to Liverpool players who cannot accept Jurgen Klopp's rotation policy, telling them that they must either "understand or leave".
Klopp had fielded a fairly consistent lineup in Liverpool's first five matches of the Premier League season, before changing things up slightly by starting Xherdan Shaqiri and Joel Matip against Southampton.
He then made eight changes for the Carabao Cup tie against Chelsea last week before reverting to a more conventional starting lineup for the league match against the Blues on Saturday.
Substitute Daniel Sturridge underlined Liverpool's strength in depth with a brilliant late equaliser at Stamford Bridge, and Van Dijk says that every player will be needed if the Reds are to be successful this season.
"You have to [understand], otherwise you better leave," said Van Dijk, quoted by the Telegraph. "We all want one thing, we all want to be successful, everyone, and we need everyone’s help.
"It’s a long season with a lot of games, we need everyone and everyone knows that as well, and that’s a big strength for us. Everyone is doing their bit because the season is long."
Van Dijk was a doubt for the weekend's match after sustaining a rib injury in the win over Southampton, but he played through the pain barrier to help his team deliver a valuable point.
Liverpool are in action again on Wednesday against Napoli and further changes are expected, with a crucial Premier League game against Manchester City to come next weekend.