Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Reds Less Easy to Read after Coutinho

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Reds Less Easy to Read after Coutinho

Article excerpt

JURGEN Klopp believes his Liverpool side have become more unpredictable since the departure of Philippe Coutinho, with players learning to shoulder extra responsibility.

The January departure of the Brazil international to Barcelona for PS142 million was predicted by some to bring about some major problems for Klopp but the opposite has been true.

Since Coutinho was sold they have scored 22 goals in eight matches, winning five, drawing one and losing two (once in the FA Cup), and have beaten runaway leaders Manchester City and hammered Porto 5-0 to virtually secure a Champions League quarter-final place.

"Phil Coutinho was a very dominant player in our game and when we were not at our best it was always a good idea to give him the ball, maybe he has an idea," said Klopp ahead of the visit of Newcastle.

"If you see Barcelona playing in a specific moment they give the ball to (Lionel) Messi - that is a good idea and I would do the same.

"That is what we did to Phil. …

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