Liverpool head-coach Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he was forced to take off the Reds superstar, Sadio Mane during 2-1 victory over direct Premier League rivals Chelsea at Stamford Bridge after the 27-year-old suffered a dead leg.
With 20 minutes left before the end of the game and as the Blues were starting to gain the upper hand, German manager, took off the Senegalese international forward for veteran midfielder James Milner.
The French midfielder, N’Golo Kante scored moments later, casting questions over the consequences of removing the side’s most potent counterattacking threat at a time when the Merseyside Reds would need to be playing on the break.
When asked on Sky Sports Super Sunday about why he substituted Mane, Klopp said: “It’s a knock on the bone of the knee and a dead leg – that is an awful combination!
“He tried everything but there was one counter situation where he really tried and, on a non-dead leg day, he will get that ball but there was no chance.
“So we said, ‘Come on, we have to do it’ and changed.”
Victory over Chelsea gave the Merseyside Reds their 15th consecutive win in the English top-tier and ensured that they remained five points ahead of their main rivals Man City.