Jurgen Klopp says he withdrew Daniel Sturridge early in the second half at Chelsea because the striker no longer looked capable of sprinting behind the hosts’ defence.
The Liverpool forward looked fatigued in the early stages of the second half and walked straight down the tunnel when he was replaced by Divock Origi during the 2-1 win.
“I couldn’t see that he could sprint anymore, so that’s why we had to change. We had a healthy, young striker on the bench. That’s all,” said manager Klopp.
“The first half was really good – really good – from Daniel. We need this player there in the centre who we can play with and if there’s a ball behind the line sometimes, so that we can go there and can push up in the last line.
“I don’t think there is an injury, it is only the situation. Nobody told me about an injury, so all is good.”