Klopp admits Liverpool were lucky to beat Stoke

Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana

Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana were both on target when Liverpool beat Stoke 4-1 in December

Jurgen Klopp hailed the importance of his Liverpool side's dramatic comeback win against Stoke City on Saturday, calling the result "really special". A delicious ball from the centre of midfield picks out Shaqiri, who marks his return to the Stoke side with a well-taken goal but the celebrations are cut prematurely as the linesman raises his flag.

Coutinho hit the equaliser, before compatriot Roberto Firmino scored the victor two minutes later.

Mane is to undergo surgery on knee cartilage damage sustained in last week's Merseyside derby, adding his name to those of captain Jordan Henderson, fellow midfielders Adam Lallana and Ovie Ejaria and striker Danny Ings who are now available for Jurgen Klopp's third-placed side.

The pair had started on the bench, with Klopp saying Firmino had been suffering from exhaustion after his recent exertions for Brazil, and Coutinho had lost three kilograms (6.6 lbs) in the past week due to illness. I felt he was lucky that not more happened but we are close enough to the end of the season that it will be pretty much impossible to play again this season. This was a big win.

"I was happy, we were good value at 1-0 and restricted them to very little". Mignolet saves Liverpool with a remarkable save to deny Berahino a certain goal at the back post.

Liverpool's Roberto Firmino, right, celebrates after scoring his team's second goal of the game during the English Premier League soccer match between Stoke City and Liverpool at the Britannia Stadium, Stoke on Trent, England, Saturday, March.

He told the BBC: 'Garth [Crooks] said there that this is a game-changing decision, I said the game would be won from the bench. "Daniel Sturridge is training and we will see".

"This was a good feeling for me but I'm not one who looks to myself or my own performance".

"They don't have to react like that; they can be disappointed but we will help them more than we help anybody else".

With Mane out injured, Firmino is expected to be shifted onto to the right while Coutinho is likely to start on the left and Origi will nearly certainly get the nod upfront. "Keep the ball in your hands, don't push it away", Mignolet said, per the Liverpool Echo.

"This was the most important three points of the season for the Reds".

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