Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool victory over Stoke was 'massive', says Reds manager


"It was well deserved for him because he got a lot of criticism in his Liverpool career and sometimes these are the moments you need as a player, and for us as a team we need a goalkeeper like this".

And former Liverpool midfielder Redknapp reckons Klopp must strengthen in squad depth - citing Spurs' Son Heung-min as a prime example. He will have a long break until next season.

"We have to get more experience in this, for sure". "We're not 100 per cent sure when it will happen, but then it is clear his season is over", Klopp said, according to Liverpool FC's website.

"That is what I expected. He will be ready for the next season and that is the only good news".

Liverpool, currently third, are now eight points behind Tottenham and just two ahead of Manchester City, who occupy the final Champions League spot.

The pair had started on the bench, with Klopp saying Firmino had been suffering from exhaustion after his recent exertions for Brazil, and Coutinho had lost three kilograms (6.6 lbs) in the past week due to illness.

"Phil is still ill". "He was not at Melwood Thursday or Friday".

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

"We will give him all the time he needs, but it will be really close".

"They don't have to react like that; they can be disappointed but we will help them more than we help anybody else". Similar with Jordan Henderson. Hendo is also in a good way but we don't know exactly when he can be part of training again.Daniel is part of training, yesterday and today, and we will see.

"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".

This is a big blow for Liverpool, who are pushing for a top-four finish in the English Premier League (EPL). There is no one doubting Mané's influence on the team, but his injury does make Liverpool's top-four position uncertain. Now we are just thinking about the line-up against Stoke, which is a real challenge.

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.