Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho (left) in action with Stoke City's Marko Arnautovic and Geoff Cameron during their Premier League match at bet365 Stadium in Stoke-on-Trent, England, April 9, 2017.
"Having seen Liverpool's starting XI, I fancied Stoke to win this because their opponents were missing their front four of Coutinho, Firmino, Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana".
Stationed in third place in the English Premier League, Liverpool will have to make due for the rest of the season without the services of its top scorer.
Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp is certain that Mane needed surgery; as a result, it is "pretty much impossible for him to play again this season".
The Brazil global and Firmino both came on at halftime and scored within three minutes, as Liverpool came from behind to win 2-1.
The Reds were forced to start with a depleted line-up but Klopp turned to Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino in the second half despite fitness concerns about the Brazilian duo.
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Former Liverpool star Dominic Matteo feels the Reds have got huge character in their squad due to their ability to win points from losing positions.
Jamie Redknapp thinks Liverpool need a player like Tottenham ace Son Heung-min.
He saw out a further 20 minutes against Bournemouth on Wednesday but, after the game, manager Jurgen Klopp revealed that he had had no choice but to withdraw his side's playmaker.
"Today you could feel it immediately in the dressing room".
The Reds were beginning to get foothold in the game and creating goal-scoring opportunities. But it feels outstandingly good in this moment. "That is the only good news", Klopp said. "We have to get more experience in this, for sure".
Firmino let fly with a brilliant volley that gave Lee Grant no chance and, although Simon Mignolet had to deny Saido Berahino his first Stoke goal, Klopp's men held on for a priceless victory.