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It's Been A Month Of Super Subs For Jurgen Klopp And LiverpooL

It's Been A Month Of Super Subs For Jurgen Klopp And LiverpooL

Xherdan Shaqiri's introduction to the game between Liverpool and Manchester United at Anfield on Sunday was the latest inspired substitution from Jurgen Klopp.

The Swiss international entered the fray in the 70th minute, replacing Naby Keita with the scores at 1-1. And he proved to be the matchwinner - bagging a brace to seal a 3-1 win and ensure Liverpool returned to the top of the table.

His first was a right-footed effort that deflected in off Ashley Young and then the crossbar, just 144 seconds after being sent on.

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The former Stoke man then followed that up with his fifth goal in his last eight Premier League appearances.

Again there was an element of luck to it after his strike from the edge of the box brushed Eric Bailly on its way past David De Gea, but it remains a masterstroke of a substitution from Klopp.

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And it continues a pretty crazy trend when it comes to super subs in Liverpool colours this month.

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Image: PA
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At the start of December, Divock Origi came back from the dead to score a dramatic late winner in the Merseyside derby against Everton when he capitalised on Jordan Pickford's error in stoppage time.

Three days later, Roberto Firmino assumed the 'super sub' moniker when he found the net with his very first touch to give Liverpool the lead in a tough away game against Burnley.

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Believe it or not, there was a time where Klopp received a lot of stick for his substitutions but he's made three huge ones in recent times and his changes have been crucial to Liverpool remaining unbeaten this season and topping the table.

Topics: Liverpool, Football News, Football, Roberto Firmino, Jurgen Klopp, Xherdan Shaqiri, Sadio Mane, Liverpool FC

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