Heung-Min Son: Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp urged to sign Tottenham star
Philippe Coutinho defied medical orders to turnout for Liverpool on Saturday during their dramatic win over Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium.
The introduction of Coutinho and his compatriot Roberto Firmino (who also scored) turned the game at Stoke, as third-place Liverpool close in on Champions League qualification.
Dion Dublin has heaped praise onto Jurgen Klopp for the "great decision" to bring Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho off the bench at half-time during Liverpool's 2-1 win over Stoke.
Posting on his personal Instagram account, former Liverpool midfielder Thompson claimed "huge pressure" had been relieved from Klopp's shoulders regarding his tactical nous.
He saw out a further 20 minutes against Bournemouth on Wednesday but, after the game, manager Jurgen Klopp revealed that he had had no choice but to withdraw his side's playmaker.
Klopp insists the manner of the result in Staffordshire when Liverpool did not play particularly well will help build momentum at the right stage of the campaign.
He added: "This was massive, it's absolutely massive".
"To win the game as a goalkeeper doesn't really happen too often as you don't score goals but it was something similar. But it feels outstandingly good in this moment", he continued.
Coutinho grabbed the equaliser with a neat finish from inside the penalty area and just two minutes later the visitors were in front in stunning fashion.
Stoke manager Mark Hughes, on the other hand, was left to rue missed opportunities - and mistakes defensively - by his side, who have now lost their last four league games.
"The second save happened so quickly and I've not seen it back but when a ball comes in like that you just have to try to make yourself big and throw yourself in front of the ball".
"But then he'll have a long break and be ready for next season, so that's the only good news".
Former Liverpool star Dominic Matteo feels the Reds have got vast character in their squad due to their ability to win points from losing positions.
"They are a good football playing side obviously and for us most of the things are clear".
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