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Jurgen Klopp: Why I made seven changes to the side that started in Dortmund


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says fatigue was the reason why he made seven changes to the side that drew the mid-week game in Dortmund.

The Reds produced a very convincing performance to ease past Stoke City by 4-1.

The win moves Liverpool closer to the Top Four in a weekend that saw Manchester United and West Ham United dropping points.

"Today, I'm really proud," Klopp told BBC Sport.

"We made changes and it was a completely new formation. I'm sure the players have never played together before in this line-up.

"We had to rest players today. We needed fresh legs. We needed to be greedy and not think a single per cent about it being another game. I'm really happy.

"Stoke played 70 to 80% long balls to Peter Crouch, and you have to be tuned into that. We were quickly tuned after a half-session on the training ground yesterday. It was a smart performance.

"Divock [Origi] is still a young lad. We have to be patient.

"He can play together with Daniel [Sturridge]. There's absolutely no doubt about that. We hope it stays like this that we have two strikers available like this because we have a big number of games to go."

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