Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hinted that key players Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino could return to his starting line-up for tomorrow’s Premier League clash with Stoke.

Both players were controversially dropped to the bench for the 1-1 draw with Chelsea at Anfield in Saturday’s late kick-off.

Klopp explained the decision to rotate his squad and hinted that both key players could return against the Potters.

“We had to make a few changes, it makes absolute sense at this part of the season to use the strength of the squad,” said Klopp, as quoted by Sky Sports.

“We had to leave a few out and that is what we did. It is not completely unlikely that they will start.”

Mohamed Salah gave Liverpool the lead with a composed finish just after the hour on Saturday, only for Chelsea’s Willian to equalise five minutes from time.

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The results leaves the Reds sixth in the Premier League table with 24 points from their opening 13 matches.

It means they go into tomorrow night’s clash at 15th-placed Stoke 14 points behind unbeaten leaders Manchester City.

Liverpool fans will be hoping that both key players can return to the starting line-up against the Potters, who are without a win in their last three Premier League games.

Mane has scored four goals and delivered four assists in 13 games in all competitions for the Reds this season.

The 25-year-old has missed much of the season with a hamstring injury and came off the bench in the 89th minute at the weekend.

Meanwhile, 26-year-old Firmino has scored nine goals and made five assists in 19 appearances in all competitions this term.

In other Liverpool news, centre-back Joe Gomez has heaped praise on this Reds star ahead his display in the 1-1 draw with Chelsea.

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