Wednesday, 18 October, 2017

Substitutes rescue Liverpool against Stoke City

Carragher battles with Chelsea striker Didier Drogba during a game for Liverpool in 2010 Carragher battles with Chelsea striker Didier Drogba during a game for Liverpool in 2010
Kristopher Love | 21 April, 2017, 19:32

Liverpool will hope to get back to winning ways at Stoke City on Saturday after their disappointment in midweek, but they must do so without key players.

Liverpool came from behind to beat Stoke City 2-1 on Saturday to consolidate their position inside the Premier League's top four. That said, they drew at home against Bournemouth on Wednesday after Joshua King equalized for the visitors in the 87th minute.

"I wanted to be involved with the team. We're not 100 percent sure when it will happen, but it is clear his season is over", Klopp told a news conference.

"It was a big win". He also became the Premier League's highest-scoring Brazilian player ever, with 30 goals.

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

Klopp hailed a "massive" victory at Stoke after his exhausted and injured Brazilians rescued three points.

Liverpool have won six of their last seven league games against Stoke and if they manage to take three points tomorrow then it would be huge win for them heading into their final six games.

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.

"We made the two changes, it hit the young two lads, it was not about them.

We have to get more experience in this, for sure".

"This was the most important three points of the season for the Reds".

"I thought a lot about it and no-one understands it but that was my decision".

"I think Liverpool will finish in the top four".

"We are going to face these kind of games until the end of the season with long balls into the box and corners we have to deal with and that is what we have to learn, " said the Belgian.

Liverpool went 1-0 down at the end of the first half, with Ireland worldwide Jonathan Walters heading past Simon Mignolet after good work from Xherdan Shaqiri.