Klopp explains surprising Jones substitution

    Jurgen Klopp has explained why midfielder Curtis Jones was substituted against Brentford, even though he had just given Liverpool a 3-2 lead at the Brentford Community Stadium.

    The Reds midfielder scored a wonderful effort to restore the Reds’ lead for a second time, but was immediately withdrawn by Klopp in favour of another attacking option; striker Roberto Firmino.

    Klopp’s decision to chase further goals would backfire – in terms of the final scoreline anyway – as Brentford substitute Yoane Wissa coolly lifted a deft dink over Alisson, pulling the hosts level to earn a 3-3 draw.

    After the game, Klopp was questioned about why he took Jones off in favour of changing shape, and the German said it was a case of dealing with the direct threat that Brentford posed.

    “Obviously when we decided to make the change it was 2-2, but the reason for it was the way they played, we didn’t really need a third midfielder because they only played long balls,” Klopp told his post-match press conference.

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