Liverpool manager explains why Coutinho and Lallana didn’t start Europa League win
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp explains why Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana didn't start 1-0 win in Russia
Jurgen Klopp has explained why he dropped Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana to the bench for Liverpool’s 1-0 win over Rubin Kazan.
The Liverpool playmakers didn’t start against the Russian side despite having helped the Reds seal a 3-1 victory over defending Premier League champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge last weekend.
They could have played but we didn’t risk it in this case and tried to win without them
Jordon Ibe scored his first goal for the Reds in his 30th appearance sealed a close-fought win in Russia and ended a run of three successive stalemates in the Europa League.
And Klopp revealed that Coutinho and Lallana were contending with minor problems ahead of the Europa League game, although the England international was a second-half substitute.
“We had Adam Lallana and Phil Coutinho with some problems, not the biggest ones, and so they were on the bench,” Klopp told his post-match media conference.
“They could have played but we didn’t risk it in this case and tried to win without them. At this moment, the squad is big enough and strong enough.”
The former Borussia Dortmund manager secured his first Premier League win as Liverpool boss after a 3-1 victory over defending champions Chelsea on Saturday.
Liverpool can make it back-to-back top-flight wins and four successive victories in all competitions if the Reds beat Crystal Palace at Anfield on Sunday.