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Klopp wants his side to stop relying on their boys from Brazil

 

By Carl Markham

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits it would be wrong to rely on the Brazilian duo of Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino to carry them until the end of the season.

The pair sparked a turnaround at Stoke last weekend when they both came off the bench at half-time to score a goal apiece as the Reds came from behind to win 2-1.

Firmino had been rested after enduring a punishing schedule in recent weeks, while his compatriot was recovering from illness, but both will start at West Brom on Sunday.

With a side shorn of mainstays Jordan Henderson, Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane, the boys from Brazil offer a much-needed injection of quality, as their appearance for the second half at the bet365 Stadium showed.

However, Klopp insists the pair cannot be expected to produce heroics on their own to single-handedly secure Champions League qualification.

"It's very important that players can play together, but if they are only two then it's pretty difficult still," he said.

"Gini Wijnaldum said it after the game, I think - yes, they had a big impact on the game, but the whole team played better in the second half.

"If we would have played like that in the first half and Roberto and Phil would have been on the pitch, I can only imagine if the difference would still have been that big.

"But with all playing better and these two high quality players on the pitch, we could change the game.

"That was fantastic, really good. But, again, if they tried to do it alone no chance."

That they are really, really good friends - maybe best friends - and it helps us a lot... that they play together in the Brazil national team helps us... that they are both so unbelievably skilled helps us a lot.

"But, again, if they tried to do it alone... no chance.

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