Jurgen Klopp has explained why Curtis Jones was substituted at half-time during Liverpool’s 2-1 win over Norwich in an FA Cup clash on Wednesday night.
The 21-year-old was taken off at the interval with the Reds leading 2-0 and was replaced by teenager Harvey Elliot.
Speaking after the match, Klopp revealed Jones picked a minor muscle injury, and the move was as a precaution.
“Curtis played a really good first half. We had to take him off because he felt his thigh slightly,” said Klopp.
Adding: “I don’t think it’s a real injury, but there was no need to take a risk and that’s why we brought Harvey on, who was good.”
Klopp made 10 changes to the team that won the Carabao Cup on Sunday at Wembley, with Jordan Henderson the only one to retain his spot.
Takumi Minamino scored the two goals for Klopp’s Reds and were never in danger of losing despite Norwich’s late push.
Lukas Rupp scored the consolation for the Canaries with 14 minutes to go but could not equalise as Liverpool kept them at bay in the remaining minutes.