Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he decided to take Daniel Sturridge off at Chelsea to protect the striker from injury.
Sturridge struggled with hip and hamstring issues last season and was also absent at the start of the current campaign.
Klopp insists Sturridge is not injured but he decided to substitute him for Divock Origi just before the hour mark in the win at Chelsea on Friday as a precautionary measure.
“I couldn’t see that he could sprint anymore, so that’s why we had to change. We had a healthy, young striker on the bench. That’s all,” said Klopp.
“The first half was really good – really good – from Daniel. We need this player there in the centre who we can play with and if there’s a ball behind the line sometimes, so that we can go there and can push up in the last line.
“I don’t think there is an injury, it is only the situation. Nobody told me about an injury, so all is good.”