Liverpool boss proud of team’s adaptability after 4-1 victory over Stoke

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp revealed his delight at how his side adapted to the change in tactics during their 4-1 victory over Stoke City on Sunday, according to reports from the Mirror.

The Reds headed into the Premier League clash with one eye focused on their Europa League game against Borussia Dortmund at Anfield this Thursday, with a 1-1 first leg draw in Germany last week giving Klopp’s men a slight advantage ahead of the return fixture.

This therefore saw Klopp change his tactics around, resting several key men such as Philippe Coutinho and Mamadou Sakho for their game with Stoke.

However, Alberto Moreno and Daniel Sturridge both struck in the first half, before a Divock Origi brace was enough to secure an emphatic 4-1 triumph.

And Klopp was extremely delighted with the performance, hailing their adaptability when facing a team with the Potters’ style of play.

He said: “Today, I’m really proud. We made changes and it was a completely new formation. I’m sure the players have never played together before in this line-up.

“Stoke played 70 to 80 per cent 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.”

Liverpool now have a good chance of qualifying for European football next season after climbing up to 8th on the table, nine points off Manchester City who are in the final Champions League spot.