Liverpool: Boss backs fab four to shine

The Reds boss started with his key quartet of Philippe Coutinho, Sadie Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah for the first time in a competitive game in the 1-1 Champions League draw at Spartak Moscow last night.




Coutinho, after a smart one-two with Mane, equalised Fernando’s free-kick but – despite creating a number of chances – they could not force a winner even after the introduction of striker Daniel Sturridge.


“It is good when you have all these players but it is not (just) lining up the players, they all need rhythm and it was a very intense game,” said Klopp.


“It is not about the names it is about how we perform. There were good saves from both goalkeepers and wrong decisions at the decisive moment.


“That is how football is. The only way you can change it is to do it again and do it again.”


The draw, Liverpool’s second in succession, leaves them third in Group E. However, Klopp has no doubt about their chances of qualification with four matches remaining.


“We are strong enough to qualify. The door is open but we have to walk through,” he added. “We can see a bit of light. We have to stay cool, work hard and we will be all right.”

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