Xherdan Shaqiri has revealed that Jurgen Klopp’s half-time team talk was the spark that brought Liverpool’s game to life in the second half at Turf Moor.
Liverpool fell behind to a controversial Jack Cork goal, in which the ball was kicked out of goalkeeper Alisson’s hands in the build-up.
However, James Milner levelled things up with a placed shot from the edge of the area that found the bottom-right corner before Roberto Firmino tapped in with his first touch after coming off the bench to put the Reds in front.
Shaqiri slotted home the third and final goal for the visitors, helping maintain Liverpool’s unbeaten start to the season, and the Swiss international believes his side owe their victory to their manager’s words at half-time.
“It is always tough to play here. I played with Stoke here and it was also a cold, rainy day. It is not simple to play this game but we managed it very well and we fully deserved to win,” Shaqiri said, according to LiverpoolFC.com.
“First half, maybe not so good, but the second half we played like we usually play so we got a lot of chances.
“At half-time the manager just said we have to be more in the game, more lively in the game, and to win the ball more because a lot of times we played not forward but back.
“We weren’t exactly perfect on the ball but in the second half we did better and scored three goals.
“We have to be brave in these games. We know we are going to have a lot of possession but obviously we have to defend well too.
“They scored, I don’t know if it was a foul or not but they decided to give the goal. But we stayed calm and it was most important to take three points from here.”
When asked if Klopp’s rotation proves that Liverpool have more depth this season, the No.23 responded: “Definitely, it shows the depth. It gave a lot of players confidence to play this game.
“Obviously, it is not simple for the other players who did not play for a long time so in the first half they needed time to come into the game, but after that we managed it well and you can see we have a very strong team where everyone can play.”