Klopp reveals what was said to persuade him to rest Firmino

No Mane, Henderson or Lallana and Coutinho is also a doubt due to illness so it could be a tough afternoon for them at Stoke. Not the best results maybe in the last few games but really good and always hard to play against.

"Roberto never says anything about how he feels but he said after the last game "I'm really done".

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".

"The manager decided, because I was not 100 per cent".

"Of course. It was a big win".

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

Klopp paid tribute to the class and determination of Coutinho, whose 30th career Premier League goal made him the top-flight's leading Brazilian scorer - and Firmino and the improvements Mignolet has made in his game.

He also has the most assists (28) and having signed a lengthy contract extension in January, is hopefully ours for the foreseeable future.

Jurgen Klopp revealed after tthat the Brazil worldwide was feeling under the weather and it meant he was a major doubt for the visit to the Bet365 Stadium on the weekend.

The Potters nearly fought back, however, with Simon Mignolet producing a superb save to thwart Saido Berahino.

"Firmino after the last game had a bit of a groin problem and was a bit exhausted, maybe he could have started but we had to leave him out of training for three days, so it was his first session today!"

Kante: I'm not one of the world's best! Keep the ball in your hands and don't push it away.' He is always there to have a joke, " added the goalkeeper.

"The first half was not the players, it was the way we play football".

Speaking with reporters in a post-match press conference, the former Borussia Dortmund coach expressed his optimism that the way in which the win was achieved - with his side not playing as well as they could - will be a catalyst for a turnaround in form. "Now we need to get the job done and make sure we get more points on the board quickly".

"Next weekend we need to get the job done and finish the season correctly".

Jurgen Klopp's side were held to a draw at home by Bournemouth on Wednesday night in what could be a costly result with regards to their ambitions of finishing in the top four in the Premier League.

  • Julie Sanders