Premier League round-up Liverpool, Man City strengthen top four bids

Premier League round-up Liverpool, Man City strengthen top four bids

With Klopp's side trailing to Jonathan Walters' 44th-minute header, goals from half-time substitutes Coutinho and Roberto Firmino turned the game on its head midway through the second half yesterday.

Coutinho equalised with a low shot 20 minutes from time and less than three minutes later Firmino scored a superb lob to seal victory and boost Liverpool's chances of finishing in the Premier League's top four. He's such a good guy and each person - each footballer - needs situations like this.

"Everything was better. Simon Mignolet, what a save".

And it's a performance that didn't go unnoticed by Reds supporters on Twitter, who were full of praise for their goalkeeper after his sensational efforts at the bet365 Stadium...

Klopp started with 17-year-old Ben Woodburn and 18-year-old Trent Alexander-Arnold.

However, Jurgen Klopp's side held on to stay third in the table, ninth points clear of fifth-placed, Arsenal, albeit having played three games more.

With speculation mounting surrounding a possible summer move to Marseille, he may well have vindicated Klopp's faith, as Mignolet was no doubt central to Saturday's success.

The omission of Philippe Coutinho from the starting lineup against Stoke was less surprising for Liverpool fans than it was for neutrals who were clearly unaware of the fact he has been ill all week.

He was arguably our most creative player on the pitch and, as per United Kingdom media, I was under the impression Phil Coutinho and Bobby Firmino we're out of action but the two Brazilians were forced into action in the second half.

"I knew we had to get through this period with a decent return - we haven't quite managed that".

Stoke dominated a Liverpool side struggling to come to terms with their new shape like no other opponent this season and the visitors found themselves penned back in their own half for much of the opening 45 minutes.

"I think every team has this small injury list, but we have to handle this and now we have a week to concentrate and prepare for the next game", Matip said on LFC TV.

"Sometimes these are the moments you need as a player, and for us as a team we need a goalkeeper in a moment like this".

"Coutinho and Firmino will get the plaudits but Mignolet kept them in the game and deserves a round of applause".


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