"To make things easier I told the players yesterday [Wednesday] that this was the right way to go," he added, suggesting the decision was of his own volition.
Ambitions to win titles collide with the club leader's demands to accept the performance fluctuations of young footballers.
Striker Issa Alekasir's header in the 88th minute found the back of net and sent the Reds to the competition's next round.
Meanwhile left back Marcelo is also struggling with a back injury and Ferland Mendy will continue in defense.
ASUNCION, Oct. 1 (Xinhua) -- Santos rallied from a goal down to win 3-2 at Olimpia and secure a berth in the Copa Libertadores knockout phase on Thursday.
BERLIN, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- Losing treble-winning coach Hansi Flick might still be a far-off nightmare for Bayern Munich fans.
As required by the government, the maximum limit of attendees per day at this year's French Open has shrunk to only 1,000 in response to the resurgence of the COVID-19 pandemic in and around Paris. Enditem
The Portuguese club have confirmed the move, which will see Nicolas Otamendi move in the opposite direction.
"I really wanted to give an effort here. It's my Achilles that didn't have enough to properly heal after the [US] Open. I was able to get it somewhat better, but just looking long-term in this tournament, will I be able to get through enough matches? For me, I don't think I could," said the three-time Roland Garros champion.
LONDON, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- Liverpool confirmed on Tuesday that Spain international midfielder Thiago Alcantara has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Despite a difficult day, Hamilton retains the lead in the drivers' championship with 205 points, though Bottas has closed the gap and now sits second with 161 points, with Verstappen third on 128 points.