Philippe Coutinho struggling with illness as Liverpool's injury crisis deepens
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 21:09
He told Liverpoolfc.com: "I think every team has this small injury list but we have to handle this and now we have a week to concentrate and prepare for the next game, and I hope most of the team will be available".
Klopp chose to bring both Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho on at half-time while 1-0 down to Stoke, changing his formation from three at the back to four.
Coutinho said: "They had asked me to stay at home because I was not feeling well but I wanted to be there".
"I wanted to be involved with the team. The manager decided [to put him on the bench] because I was not 100 percent".
"It was a big win. Immediate everybody was like, 'That's very important!' Of course, we have to prove it next week and then the next week and then the next week, that's how it is, but it feels outstandingly good in this moment".
What's more, since joining Liverpool in 2015, he's been booked three times for excessive celebration in the top flight, which again is more than any other player.
"The game changed after Klopp brought the Brazilian pair on".
- Liverpool have won more points from losing positions than any other Premier League team this season (18).
Klopp had previously stated Coutinho would not be travelling with the squad to Stoke, but praised his impact on the game when he was introduced.
"I don't think we have a lot (of injuries) because of intensity".
"That's what we have to know and to use the rest of the season, to have more points than these 60 after the last game", added Klopp.
To put that in perspective, if not for those gutsy displays Liverpool would now languish in ninth place, far off Champions League qualification.
"Everybody saw it. It was not flawless and I made the decision".
The Potters nearly fought back, however, with Simon Mignolet producing a superb save to thwart Saido Berahino.
That was genius, and I'm really happy for him-he saved our life today.
When this season comes to an end and the award for the best goal of the campaign is dished out, Roberto Firmino's ferocious strike against Stoke could be among the contenders.
On the change in performance level from first half to second, he added: "We didn't play football [in the opening 45 minutes] and [the system] was new for us".
"I joined up in the morning [of the game]".
"We couldn't train it and that's what everybody could see", he said.