Jurgen Klopp says “the best thing” about Liverpool’s 3-0 victory over Bournemouth was that he could rest Sadio Mane.
The Reds maintained an eight-point leader over second-placed Leicester after 16 games with a resounding victory on the south coast.
Reigning champions Manchester City are now 14 points behind, with Liverpool firmly in the driving seat to win a first top-flight title since 1990.
And despite this being the club’s first clean sheet in all competitions for 14 games, Klopp was happier that he could give Mane a well-deserved break – the forward was an unused substitute in a Premier League game for the first time since December 2017.
“It was wonderful – maybe the best thing of the (Bournemouth) game – we didn’t have to use Sadio Mane,” said Klopp.
“He was the all-time (ever-present) player in the last couple of weeks, so he could stay outside, Divock outside.
“The people were shouting for Divock Origi, I get that, I loved the performance of Divock Origi (against Everton) but bringing him on to say thank you or whatever, we have so many games.
“We will see how we start on Tuesday. I have no clue about that now.
“But (on Saturday) we could give at least one or two – plus Gini (Wijnaldum), plus Adam – kind of a rest, and hopefully they are all fit again on Tuesday and then we make a new decision.”