Published: Tue, April 11, 2017
Technology | By Timothy Carter

Liverpool super-subs Coutinho and Firmino turn Stoke game on its head

Liverpool super-subs Coutinho and Firmino turn Stoke game on its head

We played with them in the wrong situations.

Mark Hughes' men have lost their last three games to slip to 12th in the Premier League table, and although they are still eight points clear of danger, they need to start picking up some points soon or they could find themselves in a relegation dog-fight.

The home side were on top for much of the opening half but they had to wait until the stroke of half-time to lead.

Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino inspired a second-half turnaround as Liverpool snatched a crucial 2-1 victory over Stoke City on Saturday afternoon.

"We want to qualify for the Champions League and if you don't then you can think about the reasons for that, but at the moment we don't think about that or why we only have 60 points or why we have already 60 points", the German tactician added.

Liverpool's side are missing several key players and the news could get worse for the Reds.

The absence of the Brazilian, who is ill, would compound what is already a lengthy injury list with Sadio Mané, Adam Lallana and Jordan Henderson out.

The 24-year-old Senegal global, who has played a major part in Liverpool's bid to finish in the Premier League top four, suffered the injury in a challenge with Everton's Leighton Baines in last weekend's Merseyside derby and had his knee in a brace all week.

"It's not about thinking about the players you can't (select), it's about thinking of the players you can", Klopp said.

Liverpool are undefeated in their last 5 matches (Premier League). Jurgen Klopp's side failed to close out the game against Bournemouth on Wednesday night at Anfield as their inability to deal with crosses into the box came back to haunt them yet again.

There had been hopes he might avoid surgery, but Liverpool have decided the best course of action is to disregard the remaining few weeks of this campaign and get Mane fit for next season.

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