Coutinho talks Klopp, Rodgers, Firmino and future

Date published: Monday 22nd February 2016 5:12

Jurgen Klopp: Has improved Philippe Coutinho as a player

Jurgen Klopp: Has improved Philippe Coutinho as a player

Philippe Coutinho has spoken positively about Jurgen Klopp, Brendan Rodgers and Roberto Firmino – and says it is “a dream come true” to be at Liverpool.

In an extensive interview with World Soccer magazine, Coutinho discussed the changes Klopp has made on the training ground since taking over at Anfield.

“He [Klopp] created a highly successful side at Dortmund and it is great for Liverpool to have him,” Coutinho said.

“In training, we are working hard and enjoying his methods, which are helping to make us better players.

“Little by little, it is translating to matches and I think everyone has seen how effective his philosophy can be if we adapt it in the right way.

“It feels like we are moving in the right direction under him and we believe we can fight for the big prizes and enjoy some special moments with the fans.

“Our team is playing a high-pressing game and I am enjoying it. With this style there is more freedom when we have the ball.

“We still have responsibilities within the team, but the manager is asking us to play our game more naturally and it is enabling us to express ourselves.

“Klopp has put his ideas forward and they are helping to make me an even better player.”

Coutinho also reserved praise for Klopp’s predecessor, adding: “The likes of Benitez and Dunga are great coaches, but I will always have a special gratitude to Brendan Rodgers.

“He believed in me and brought me here. He gave me the opportunity to play for such a great club.”

On Firmino, Coutinho said: “Our understanding is improving and I am learning more and more about the way he likes to play, as well as his movement off the ball.

“Hopefully that can be beneficial to both Liverpool and Brazil.

“He’s a great player who brings a lot of quality into the squad, but it is not just about two players and a partnership.

“The whole squad is working to improve as our main objective is to win trophies as a unit.”

Despite his obvious happiness with life at Liverpool, Coutinho refused to make any bold statements about his long-term future at the club.

“I just like to live in the moment,” Coutinho said.

“I am not looking ahead. Being here at Liverpool is a dream come true.

“I am already playing in the best league in the world and I have a number of years left on my contract that I only renewed last year.

“I am very happy and my focus is on helping Liverpool fight for trophies.”

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