If he had all his players at his disposal, he wouldn’t have started the game at Brighton & Hove Albion the way he did, with Emre Can and Georginio Wijnaldum as defenders(!), playing alongside Dejan Lovren.
Somehow, it worked, and it worked fantastic, as Liverpool didn’t just beat Brighton, but left the Amex Stadium with a resounding 5-1 score.
We had big problems lineup-wise. You always should be able to react, but it was a little bit close to training that we got information. We couldn’t get it earlier and then from the medical department ill, ill, injured or not cool – and all of them were centre-halves and that makes life difficult. We had to make a quick decision, we had 20-odd minutes in training
Klopp told reporters after the game, explaining how he made some key decisions, realizing that Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan wouldn’t be available.
The boys did really well and it was difficult place for us. For this game today, the formation fitted really well because we needed the wingers and we had it with the wing-backs
the German said, after two goals from Roberto Firmino and one each from Emre Can, Philippe Coutinho, and Lewis Dunk (own-goal) earned the Reds three more points.