Jurgen Klopp replies when asked about exciting Liverpool combination

The Liverpool manager plays down the importance of starting Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah together for the first time

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: The Sport Review

Jurgen Klopp has played down the significance of Liverpool starting with Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah in the same team for the first time.

The Liverpool boss signed the Egypt international in a £39m deal from Serie A giants AS Roma in the summer transfer window and the former Chelsea winger has made a great start to life at Anfield.

However, Coutinho missed Liverpool’s opening four Premier League games with a back injury, although his summer transfer saga involving Barcelona may have played a part in his absence.

Mane scored three times in his opening three Premier League games before receiving a straight red in the first half of their 5-0 loss at Manchester City to rule him out for three games due to suspension.

Klopp, though, finally had the chance to start Coutinho, Firmino, Mane and Salah together for the first time in their Champions League against Spartak Moscow.

Coutinho and Mane combined as the Brazilian scored a first-half equaliser but the quartet couldn’t conjure a winner despite registering 16 shots on target.

Speaking at his post-match media conference following a 1-1 draw with Spartak Moscow, Klopp played down the importance of the quartet all starting on Tuesday night.

“For the next game, we will have to see how the players are tomorrow morning when we leave the plane, but it’s good when you have all of these players around,” Klopp said.

“It’s not lining up the players and then you hope something will happen, they all need rhythm, need to be in a good shape and all that stuff. It was a very intense game.

“For me, it’s never about the names, it’s about how we can perform and in some moments we performed as good as possible and in a lot of moments not. We have to keep on working, that’s how it is – we have to carry on, we have to create, we have to protect, we have to defend and then to score.

“Obviously we didn’t score often enough tonight and that’s a fact, but let’s go on.”

Liverpool will make the trip to Newcastle United in their next Premier League game at St James’ Park on Sunday.

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