Jurgen Klopp made 'great decision' to win Stoke game, says Dion Dublin

Jessica Allison
April 13, 2017

Liverpool were 1-0 down at the break against Stoke on Saturday, before substitutes Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho scored.

Liverpool remain third in the Premier League, although all of their top four rivals - Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal - now have games in hand.

As for Stoke, they have now lost their past four league matches and have two critical games to come, at home to Hull and away to Swansea.

The attacker had to be replaced by Divock Origi after it became clear he was not able to walk on the injury having earlier scored in the match.

Despite not being short of attacking options, Liverpool have struggled when without Senegalese forward Sadio Mane this season.

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.

126 - There were just 126 seconds between Liverpool's first and second goals against Stoke City.

Jonathan Walters put the hosts ahead but two goals in two minutes from Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino turned the tie on its head.

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Stoke should have extended their lead when Georginio Wijnaldum headed the ball into the danger zone, but Mignolet did well to block Adam's effort with his legs.

Teammate Roberto Firmino, who scored a brilliant victor at the bet365 Stadium, is only 10 goals behind after 61 matches compared to his compatriot's 131, but Coutinho plans to add many more having already equalled his best Premier League season tally of nine with seven games still to go.

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

Mane has been in electric form for Liverpool this season, scoring 13 Premier League goals and adding five assists in 27 appearances.

Matip was pleased with the victory and is now hoping the week's rest will help key first-team players return for Liverpool's hard trip to the Hawthorns.

He saw out a further 20 minutes against Bournemouth on Wednesday but, after the game, manager Jurgen Klopp revealed that he had had no choice but to withdraw his side's playmaker.

Robbie Savage is backing Liverpool to finish in the top four and to secure a place in next season's Champions League competition.

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