‘Fantastic’ Coutinho changed the game, says Klopp

Date published: Thursday 17th March 2016 11:19

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised Philippe Coutinho as “fantastic” after he guided them past Manchester United in their Europa League clash.

Coutinho scored a stunning solo effort in the dying minutes of the first half to score a vital away goal, leaving United with the monster task of needing three second half goals in order to progress.

Liverpool won 3-1 on aggregate after a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford on the night, with Anthony Martial putting the home side ahead in the first half.

Reds manager Jurgen Klopp was full of praise for his side and believes Coutinho’s “unbelievable” equaliser changed the game.

Speaking after the match, Klopp said: “It was nice and intense. 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.

“Sakho and Lovren were not too bad to be honest. They were great and they found legal solutions at the back.

Liverpool now progress to the quarter-finals of the Europa League and after German side Borussia Dortmund overcame Tottenham Hotspur in a devastating 5-1 aggregate win, Klopp could still come up against his former side.

“All my friends in Dortmund want to play us – but only in Basel,” said the German.

Liverpool now face Southampton in the Premier League at St Mary’s Stadium this weekend.

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