Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has provided the reason behind his decision against Sheffield United on Saturday as Jordan Henderson was removed from the game in the second half.
After going five points clear at the top of the Premier League table with six wins out of six, the Reds were eager to extend that run this weekend as they visited Bramall Lane.
There was a considerable amount of pressure on Liverpool to take full advantage and win their game on Saturday with Manchester City preparing for their kick-off a few hours later.
With the game hanging in the balance, Klopp made the decision to withdraw one of his central midfielders as captain Jordan Henderson was replaced by striker Divock Origi.
There might have been some concern over the fitness of Henderson after that substitution but the Liverpool boss has revealed that the England international was removed for tactical reasons and certainly not because of an injury.
“No, it was an offensive change. We had the opportunity – either Hendo or Gini, both worked hard, for both it was not an easy game today. Obviously we made the right decision, Gini stayed on the pitch and scored!” Klopp told the Liverpool official website