Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says it is good to have angry substitutes

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Liverpool overcame Crystal Palace in dramatic fashion on Sunday.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has been speaking following his side’s 2-1 victory against Crystal Palace this weekend, with his comments later published on the Reds' official Twitter account.

After a goalless first half, Wales international Joe Ledley put the Eagles ahead three minutes after the break, and when James Milner was sent off for Liverpool shortly after the hour-mark it did not look like being the visitors’ day.

However, in-form Roberto Firmino levelled for Liverpool on 72 minutes and substitute Christian Benteke won and converted a penalty with the last kick of the match.

The Belgian international has come in for plenty of criticism this season but he is proving to be a handy goal-scoring option from the bench, and his role as a frustrated substitute is something Klopp commented on after the final whistle.

“A team with big ambitions, you need a strong bench,” Klopp said. “If someone is angry not playing, good! Show it on the pitch.”

Benteke certainly showed that on Sunday, even if the penalty award was somewhat contentious with replays suggesting the player dived to win the spot-kick.

Palace fans will feel aggrieved but Liverpool fans will know they have the squad to make a late surge for a European place, with those angry substitutes sure to have an impact again between now and May.


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