Klopp Reveals Coutinho Substitution Down To Illness

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp hailed Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho, categorising him as a ‘world class’ player, following his heroics in the Merseyside derby this weekend. Coutinho made one and scored one as the Reds ran out 3-1 winners at Anfield on Saturday.

The schemer was also on the score sheet for Brazil last week in their 3-0 win over Paraguay in São Paulo, “Philippe demonstrated his credentials as a player worthy of ‘world-class’ status. And I’m not referring to the goal, which was a moment of beauty,” he told Liverpool’s official programme.

“I mean his all-round performance, sacrificing himself for the team – working as hard defensively as he did offensively. OK, so the goal was nice, but as a coach and manager it’s the entire performance you judge and this was a player fighting and battling for his team.

“For him and Roberto I can only say how impressive this was when you factor in the week previous, with their travelling and involvement for the national team. Attitude to mirror their ability – good combination.”


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