Every Team Have Injuries - Liverpool Star Says Reds Must Cope

Apr 13, 2017, 01:30
Every Team Have Injuries - Liverpool Star Says Reds Must Cope

Philippe Coutinho defied medical orders to turnout for Liverpool on Saturday during their dramatic win over Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium.

Half-time substitutes Philippe Countinho and Firmino fired Liverpool to victory as the Reds came from behind to beat Stoke City.

And former Aston Villa and Manchester United striker Dublin believes Klopp made the right call at the right time, with both Firmino and Coutinho getting on the scoresheet in the second half.

The Reds are now in the third position in the Premier League point table.

Georginio Wijnaldum labelled Roberto Firmino's unstoppable victor against Stoke City "pure quality" - but felt the whole team deserved credit for their comeback.

But Jurgen Klopp's team have struggled without their star players this season, particularly in December and January.

"The first half was actually not as good as we thought we could be", said Klopp.

'That is what I half-expected when I saw him after the game.

The Brazil duo's introduction completely transformed the game, but Coutinho was keen to deflect the credit.

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"But we knew he would have a low energy level, full enough for 30 minutes".

"We have a lot of numbers from sports science and this was the moment when each alarm clock was ringing for both".

But the Reds would still have suffered defeat were it not for their man between the sticks, with Mignolet producing a pair of incredible saves to deny Charlie Adam and Saido Berahino. He feels much better but we will give him all the time he needs. "You can't expect your goalkeeper to make saves like this each week but it was like scoring a goal".

In addition to Sturridge, Alexander-Arnold and Woodburn - Klopp could look to one of the senior squad's other fringe players such as Marko Grujić or even Alberto Moreno to come in.

"Those players didn't celebrate immediately with the boys", he said.

"Sadio we are pretty sure will need surgery".

"It's not about them". They still have seven games remaining. Meanwhile, Stoke's fourth consecutive loss means they drop to 13th, eight points above the drop zone.

"It's a hard result to take". A delicious ball from the centre of midfield picks out Shaqiri, who marks his return to the Stoke side with a well-taken goal but the celebrations are cut prematurely as the linesman raises his flag.