Philippe Coutinho has urged Liverpool to stay calm after back-to-back Premier League losses, insisting the defeats would ‘motivate them’.
The Reds head to France to take on Bordeaux in the Europa League on Thursday but go into the match after losing 3-0 to West Ham at Anfield ahead of the international break, before suffering a 3-1 reverse at Manchester United on Saturday.
The Brazilian was shown a red card during the defeat to the Hammers and subsequently missed the following fixture at Old Trafford, a result that sent the Merseyside club plunging down to 10th place in the Premier League.
Coutinho is likely to win a recall for the clash in France, but has urged everyone connected with the club to judge them at the end of the season.
“It is vital to stay calm, mainly because we are just at the beginning in all competitions,” Coutinho told the club’s official website.
“We have a long season ahead and many things can happen. The Premier League is tough – all clubs have great teams – and we know twists and turns will happen.”
The 23-year-old said the league defeats would act as motivation for Liverpool who are struggling to create chances and scored only three times in five league games so far.
“We have to look ahead now and get over these two recent games we lost,” Coutinho said.
“After two consecutive defeats, we’re conscious there’s going to be more pressure from the outside — we have to do things right on the pitch so we can achieve good results.
“It (Bordeaux) is a very important game as it’s our first in the Europa League.”