Jurgen Klopp explains Takumi Minamino half-time substitution decision. Liverpool were back in Premier League action at Everton.
Jurgen Klopp defended his decision to substitute Takumi Minamino at half-time, claiming that it was all part of his pre-match plan. The Reds were lucky not to lose in the end in the Merseyside derby as Tom Davies hit the post late in the second half.
Liverpool fielded a surprising team when compared with the predicted line-ups.
Mohamed Salah did not feature, meaning Minamino came in on the right of the front three.
The Japanese international had a few tidy touches but struggled to make any real impact.
“Before the game I already had the idea that I wanted to change early,” Klopp told Sky Sports.
“I just wanted to wait a little bit until somebody had lesser fresh legs. We will use the opportunity that five changes give you.”
“Taki played well, he was in the game, in the beginning it was a bit difficult. It was a good performance and it was nothing to do with Taki’s performance. It was purely my idea”