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Coutinho: I was told to stay home before leading Liverpool comeback

20 April, 2017, 13:39 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez
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Stoke City v Liverpool - Premier League - bet365 Stadium - 8/4/17 Liverpool's Roberto Firmino celebrates scoring their second goal with teammates Reuters / Darren Staples Livepic EDITORIAL USE ONLY. "The second was spectacular but both are good", a jubilant Klopp told BBC Sport.

With Coutinho ill and Firmino tired, Klopp was forced to play Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold alongside Divock Origi in attack - another sign of Liverpool's lack of attacking depth.

It was his 30th top-flight goal and put him one clear of former Middlesbrough attacker Juninho.

Coutinho said: "They had asked me to stay at home because I was not feeling well but I wanted to be there".

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

"I thought we could have played much better than we did; it was clear we wanted to bring them, but [for] only half an hour made absolutely no sense".

They remain third, nine points ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal and sixth-placed Manchester United, both of whom have three games in hand on Klopp's side.

Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp is certain that Mane needed surgery; as a result, it is "pretty much impossible for him to play again this season".

"Of course. It was a big win".

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

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 have won a few games this year, but this was really special". "It's a hard period for us but I think we improved at Burnley".

'Between us, we got it bang on. "We just have to get as many points as we can", he added.

"It was a long ball down the middle and we should have dealt with it".

LIVERPOOL'S bid for Champions League qualification took a dent today after manager Jurgen Klopp confirmed that Sadio Mané's season is over.

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

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