Klopp Reveals Coutinho Substitution Down To Illness


Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he took Philippe Coutinho off at half-time during the Reds’ 2-2 draw with Bournemouth due to illness. Coutinho came off with Liverpool trailing 1-0 at the break.

The German boss revealed that Coutinho had fallen victim to a sickness bug, “We had to change Phil because he felt sick at half-time. He vomited. He said he feels better now – that’s good – but it was clear when he gave the sign then we had to change,” Klopp lamented.

“It’s no joy when you have to take off the best player in this moment on the pitch, because he played really well. The decision was then to organise a little bit differently, three at the back plus the two in front with Lucas and Emre to still give the full-backs the opportunity to use the space on the wings. Against a 4-4-2 system that makes absolute sense.”

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