Stoke City 1 Liverpool 2: Coutinho and Firmino shine in comeback win

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Brazil team-mates Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino rose from the bench to score as Liverpool hit back to win 2-1 at Stoke City in the Premier League on Saturday.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp believes his side can benefit by emulating Premier League leaders Chelsea, especially in their ability to close matches out from a winning position.

It's certainly a game the Merseysiders ought to win, with Stoke having been in some poor form of late.

"The second half was really good but we played a big gamble bringing on Firmino and Coutinho", Klopp added.

Nearly immediately the visitors were indebted to goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who denied Saido Berahino from close range with an incredible save.

The result means Liverpool are nine points clear of Arsenal in fifth, although the Gunners do have three games in hand, as they look to secure a return to the Champions League. "It was a fight of the whole team, so I thought this was one of the absolute better days from us".

"I know everyone was talking before about how we miss Sadio Mane and we do miss Sadio Mane but he doesn't help us too much in defending and we created enough chances to have scored more", Klopp said ahead of Saturday's trip to Stoke City.

"Neither Roberto nor Phil was ready for 45 minutes", said Klopp.

Klopp also insisted that he is not now bothered about whether qualifying for the Champions League would be a failure. You can see his goal by clicking here.

'Joe good game time there but I don't think he ever felt himself that he was viewed as a first choice, which was unfair in my view. Now we have a long week.

"I was happy, we were good value at 1-0 and restricted them to very little".

They came in in place of Woodburn and Alexander-Arnold. They were clearly the two best players on the pitch and turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 victory - there isn't many things more attractive than when Liverpool win ugly.

"We didn't defend like we usually do so we couldn't play high pressure and Stoke scored".

  • Carolyn Briggs