Liverpool FC manager praises Philippe Coutinho genius
Liverpool knock Manchester United out of Europa League and Jurgen Klopp full of praise for Coutinho
March 18th, 2016
Liverpool are through to the last eight of the Europa League at the expense of their arch-rivals Manchester United, with the Reds securing a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on Thursday night.
Anthony Martial’s penalty had given the Red Devils hope although Philippe Coutinho struck from close range before half-time to put Liverpool firmly in the driving seat and they were able to close the game out.
Jurgen Klopp cut a delighted figure at the final whistle, with the German reserving particular praise for Philippe Coutinho whose goal was taken beautifully and the Brazilian has been the match-winner on several occasions this term.
“It was nice and intense,” Klopp said. “You could feel the atmosphere again. They tried to play really offensive but we had our chances, it was Liverpool v De Gea. He was unbelievable again. We scored an unbelievable situation. Fantastic. The game changed. He [Coutinho] is a young lad still but he thinks about it. It was a perfect game and Philippe’s goal a genius moment.
“All my friends in Dortmund want to play us – but only in Basel [in the final]. Dortmund? Of course not. Why should I want the strongest team in the next round? If we have to go there, we will try to win but there are no easy games any more in this competition.
“They were really direct with long balls to [Marouane] Fellaini and it was hard to react. We had a few problems in the first half, they won too many second balls but when we got the ball and used the time we had, and we often had more time then we thought, we created big chances. But De Gea had another good night in what has been a successful career.
“They got a penalty, I thought it was a penalty. I was very happy in the minutes before half-time because twice we reacted quicker than the opponent. Phil produced his brilliant moment and of course it decided the game.”