Philippe Coutinho, a Match Time Doubt, Gives Gutsy Performance in Liverpool Win
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 17, 2017,
Apr 17, 2017, 13:30
The Reds were beginning to get foothold in the game and creating goal-scoring opportunities.
He said that Mark Hughes' side have "different options" available but insisted their style-of-play this weekend "should be pretty clear" and lauded them as "a good football-playing side, obviously". It feels like this. "We have won a few games this year but this was really special", he said. You could feel it immediately in the dressing room. "There are a lot of points to fight for and every game for us is important". "Of course, we have to keep on proving it, but it feels outstandingly good in this moment".
After trailing against Stoke, Jurgen Klopp credits Simon Mignolet's crucial saves for keeping Liverpool alive.
The Brazilian had lost 3kg in three days and had not trained since the 2-2 draw with Bournemouth on Wednesday due to illness and was advised to remain in Liverpool to rest and recuperate.
Klopp's surprise decision to switch to a 3-5-2 formation with a tired Firmino alongside Coutinho, recovering from illness, on the bench de-stabilised his side and handed the initiative to their hosts. "Brilliant but for half-an-hour it was hard", said Klopp.
Klopp responded by making a double change at the break, bringing on Brazilian duo Coutinho and Firmino for youngsters Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
"We didn't defend like we usually do so we couldn't play high pressure, we had to stay a little bit deeper". Spurs picked up victories on their travels to Burnley and in dramatic fashion at Swansea, with three late goals to come from one behind to win 3 - 1. For most of us that would be good news!
"He came to the hotel this morning and said: 'I'm fine.' But we knew he would have a low energy level, full enough for 30 minutes". And the solution, I found it. "I though we could have played much better than we did".
"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". Yes it has been intense but intensity is nothing to do with Hendo's injury, Adam's injury (on worldwide duty) was a little bit about this but we couldn't influence this, Phil's injury against Sunderland was a challenge, Sadio was the same.