Every Team Have Injuries - Liverpool Star Says Reds Must Cope
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 19:53
Said Klopp: "I can't remember the last time I had everyone available and in top form".
He added: "This was massive, it's absolutely massive". It feels like this. "We've had a few injuries until now and if you take out all the players we missed from other teams, then if they can play their best football I'd be really surprised". "There are a lot of points to fight for and every game for us is important". But it feels outstandingly good in this moment.
"They asked me to stay at home because I was not feeling well but I wanted to be here", said Coutinho.
Origi bent an effort wide after 54 minutes and Grant had to save from Firmino and Coutinho as Liverpool pushed for an equaliser, before Lovren's header crashed against the crossbar.
Klopp's changes at the interval were created to reinvigorate Liverpool, yet his side were fortunate not to concede a second early in the second half.
Ben Woodburn made his first Premier League start whilst Trent Alexander-Arnold was also given a starting chance after both Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino were only fit enough to make the bench.
"It was a hard decision to make because it was not clear that Roberto and Phil would be ready for 45 minutes".
"Those players didn't celebrate immediately with the boys", he said.
"Defending was not a problem but we didn't defend like we normally do; we couldn't go high pressure".
"Phil lost three kilos in the last three days".
"It is about making sure Liverpool gets in the Champions League because that is where we belong".
Woodburn's shielding of the ball from Erik Pieters just inside the Stoke area at the end of the first half drew a rash challenge from the Dutchman and although referee Mike Dean had a good look at the tangle, he allowed play to continue.
"Everybody saw it. It was not ideal and I made the decision". And the solution, I found it.
"We needed Simon Mignolet with two outstanding saves - the second one was one of the best I've ever seen, Save of the Day, Month, Year. We've had fantastic games with them at home so we are hoping for more of the same". They had to do a little bit more work.
The Reds remained third, and extended their advantage over fifth- and sixth-placed Arsenal and Manchester United to nine points, although the chasing duo hold three games in hand.
That was genius, and I'm really happy for him-he saved our life today.