Jurgen Klopp's Brazilian masterstroke seals 'massive' win for Liverpool at Stoke City

The forward turns to celebrate his goal

After Jon Walters put Stoke City ahead in the first half of their Saturday 3pm kick-off with Liverpool, it very much looked like another long day for Liverpool against a side below them in the Premier League table.

Mignolet denied Stoke twice from close range to ensure Liverpool ran out 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino in the second half.

"We needed Simon Mignolet with two outstanding saves, the second one [from Berahino] was one of the best I have ever seen - the save of the year", the German said post-match.

"You could feel it immediately in the dressing room, everyone was like "That's very important", but we have to prove it next week and (the) next week. Of course, we have to keep on proving it, but it feels outstandingly good in this moment".

"It is absolutely massive".

Jurgen Klopp has revealed that Brazilian playmaker, Philippe Coutinho lost 3 kilograms due to an illness before playing against Stoke.

Stoke win a corner which Shaqiri takes and Liverpool are all over the place defensively as Wijnaldum inadvertently heads the ball back into the danger area, it falls to Adam whose shot from a few yards out is saved by Mignolet.

Next up for Liverpool is an away game at West Brom next Sunday, where they could well need some more Simon Mignolet heroics.

"At half-time it was a hard decision to make because it was not clear that Roberto and Phil would be ready for 45 minutes", Klopp added, whose side have 12 more points than they did at this stage last season.

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. "We were by far the more dominant side during the first 45 minutes and were full value for the one-goal lead at the break", he said.

It is against the clubs lower in the league where The Reds have struggled and where their pressing tactics are nullified. I'm really, really happy, it's such a hard place to play football against a strong side. He told Liverpoolfc.com: "Then, half-time, it was a hard decision to make because it was not clear that Roberto and Phil would be ready for 45 minutes".


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