Coutinho: Klopp has ‘changed Liverpool mentality’

Date published: Saturday 1st October 2016 10:45

Philippe Coutinho: Praise for Klopp

Philippe Coutinho says Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has “changed the mentality” within the club as he desperately bids to win some silverware.

Coutinho has credited the German coach with taking his game to the next level and developing a different belief at the club after just 12 months under the guidance of the former Borussia Dortmund manager.

“Jurgen has helped me to develop a lot as a player,” Coutinho told the Liverpool Echo.

“I really enjoy working with this manager. He has given me a lot of confidence.

“The team plays differently now. We play high pressure football. This style suits us and this manager is so important for Liverpool.

“I believe in this squad. The manager has changed a lot. He has changed the mentality of the group.

“We are in a good way. We have a good team, but we have to show it every day and in every game.

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“We can’t look too far ahead. We have to take it step by step, game by game. Maybe at the end we can win.”

Coutinho arrived at Anfield in a £8.5million move from Inter Milan in 2013 and he has proved to be one of their best signings in recent years. The 24-year-old is likely to attract the advances of Europe’s big guns if he can continue his fine start to the season which has seen him score four times already.

The Brazilian though, who has a contract until 2020, has laid down roots in Liverpool and says he is “happy” at Anfield

“Liverpool feels like my home,” Coutinho added.

“I feel happy, settled and comfortable here with the city and the people.

“It’s an amazing city. I enjoy going to the cinema with my wife and to restaurants in town.

“The supporters are very nice. Hearing people singing my name, it inspires me. The fans here make me feel amazing.

“They give all the players confidence. They are there for us in every game.”

After last season’ s goal tally of 12, Coutinho believes he is due an improvement this season and so far his has not failed to deliver.

“Maybe this is the best I’ve played but I still think I can improve,” he added.

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“This is just the start. I always want to improve and do better.

“I want to be an important player for this team. I want to help my team-mates to achieve great things.

“What I really want is to lift the trophies for this club.

“That’s the most important thing. You want to look back at the end of your career and think about what you have won.

“We have been so close but we don’t want this any more. We don’t want to just go close. We want to take that next step. Every day we work hard in training to get there.”

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