Adam Lallana credited Jurgen Klopp and the Liverpool medical team for allowing him to be the Reds’ match winner at Norwich City.
Lallana picked up a knock in the defeat to Manchester United last weekend but came off the substitutes’ bench at Carrow Road to net the decisive strike in the Reds’ 5-4 win.
The England midfielder was grateful to make the intervention, rather than remain on Merseyside in anticipation of Tuesday’s Capital One Cup semi-final second leg with Stoke City. Liverpool hold a 1-0 lead from the first leg.
“I had a bit of a knock after the United game,” Lallana told Liverpool’s official website.
“Not just credit to the manager, but credit to the medical team as well.
“They could easily have said to stay at Melwood and recover for Tuesday, especially with the amount of injuries we’ve got at the minute.
“Sometimes in football the risks pay off; plenty don’t, but plenty do. I think that risk possibly won us the game.”
Sebastien Bassong thought he had earned Norwich a point, but Liverpool, who had come from 3-1 down to lead 4-3, responded through Lallana to take all three.
The former Southampton captain, who broke manager Jurgen Klopp’s glasses in celebrating the strike, said: “It was a great feeling. I’m sure the celebrations summed it up.
“I think the whole squad, everyone involved, was on the pitch. I’ll take a booking for that one.
“(After) their goal in the 94th minute I remember asking the ref ‘how long left?’ and he said ‘one minute’.
“The next thing I knew the whistle had gone and we had all three points.
“It was a great game to be involved in and one you won’t forget too quickly.”