Jurgen Klopp: Why I made this difficult Liverpool decision

The Liverpool manager explains why he was worried about bringing on Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: The Sport Review

Jurgen Klopp has admitted that it was a difficult decision to bring on Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino at half-time in Liverpool’s 2-1 win at Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.

The Liverpool manager made the controversial decision to leave Coutinho, Firmino and Daniel Sturridge on the bench for the Merseyside outfit’s trip to the Britannia Stadium.

Republic of Ireland international Jonathan Walters broke the deadlock in the first half to leave Liverpool facing a potentially catastrophic defeat in the top-four race.

The Merseyside outfit brought on their Brazil internationals in the second half and Coutinho levelled the Premier League clash with a close-range finish.

Firmino secured three points with an incredible long-range strike with 18 minutes remaining to turn the Premier League game on its head.

However, Liverpool manager Klopp has shed light on the struggles of Coutinho and Firmino in the build up to the top-flight clash at Anfield.

Speaking to http://www.liverpoolfc.com/news/first-team/259690-jurgen-klopp-that-win-feels-absolutely-massive-for-us about his Brazilian duo, Klopp explained why his goal-scorers started on the bench for the trip to Stoke City.

“It was a difficult decision to make because it was not clear that Roberto and Phil would be ready for 45 minutes.

“Roberto, after the last game, a guy who usually never says anything about how he feels, said ‘I’m really done’. After two games for Brazil, last game after injury played Man City, flying immediately to Brazil, played there, in his situation tried to convince the people, coming back and playing the derby immediately…

“So he was now at a point where it was clear if we tried to bring him through 90 minutes it would cause us real problems.”

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