Coutinho: I was told to stay home before leading Liverpool comeback

The Brazilian lashed home a magnificent volley at the Bet365 Stadium to secure Liverpool a crucial 2-1 victory as they continue their pursuit of a top-four finish in the Premier League.

Team-mate Roberto Firmino - who scored a brilliant victor at the bet365 Stadium - is only 10 behind after 61 matches compared to his compatriot's 131 but Coutinho plans to add many more having already equalled his best Premier League season tally of nine with seven games still to go.

"The second save happened so quickly and I've not seen it back but when a ball comes in like that you just have to try to make yourself big and throw yourself in front of the ball". "The main thing was we had to show how good we are, change the attitude, and fight for every challenge and fight for every ball and that is what we did".

But, aware Coutinho was struggling with diarrhoea and Firmino had been worn out, Reds boss Klopp admitted it was a big decision to bring on the Brazilians at the break as he feared they would only last 30 minutes.

"He came to me this morning at the hotel and said "I'm fine" but we knew he would have low energy levels. We are in a good position, but it is not finished".

"He said "Don't give any corners away!"

"The way we understood it, the possibility was pretty high that we'd have had to change after 30 minutes".

"The way we played in the second half was brilliant and we will take a lot of confidence from it", Mignolet said.

The win strengthened Liverpool's grip on third place after a frustrating 2-2 mid-week draw with Bournemouth had pegged the Reds back.

Coutinho has also equalled his best Premier League season goals tally of nine, with seven matches still remaining.

"It's not about them".

  • Julie Sanders