Jurgen Klopp has revealed why he deliberately did not play Luis Diaz in Liverpool’s 1-0 win away against Burnley in Premier League.
Diaz was benched along with Diogo Jota, who was suffering from a dead leg, against the Clarets.
Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane started in the duo’s place with the latter a late inclusion in the starting XI due to Jota’s injury.
The Portuguese replaced his fellow forward midway through the second half as Diaz was left unused on the bench.
And Klopp explained his surprise decision to start the Senegalese, as well why he left the Colombian on the bench.
“Sadio played really, really well,” the German told reporters. “As I said before, it wasn’t the plan to start the game, just because of how intense everything was.
“But Diogo had a dead leg and couldn’t train [on Saturday] so we started with Sadio.
“Luis, he adapted really well but this is a completely different game. A real, ‘Welcome to the Premier League’.
“We didn’t want to try it if we didn’t need it, so that’s why we started as we started and Sadio did really well.
“He worked incredibly hard and that’s exactly what we expect.”