Jack Lusby 5 April 2017
The German’s decision to withdraw Liverpool’s opening goalscorer at Anfield was widely criticised by supporters, as the Reds conceded late to drop two points.
Klopp’s choice of replacement, Joel Matip, saw the home side move to a five-man defence.
But this was not enough to hold off Bournemouth, as Josh King struck an 87th-minute equaliser.
However, while Klopp certainly could have opted for a more progressive substitution, he revealed after the game that Coutinho’s departure was unavoidable.
“We had to change Phil because he felt sick at half-time,” Klopp told reporters at Anfield.
“He says he feels better now but it is clear when he makes the sign he has to change.
“[There is] no joy when you have to take off your best player. He played really well.”
“Div did really well in the centre.
“We are usually really brave in situations like this but we thought it made sense to have one more defence protection and still have room on the wings for Clyney and Milly. That is how we actually scored for sure the second goal.”