Coutinho: Klopp turned Liverpool squad into believers

Date published: Thursday 24th November 2016 11:11

Philippe Coutinho admits that the Liverpool squad “didn’t really believe in itself” until Jurgen Klopp was appointed as manager.

Klopp has overseen a dramatic improvement since being appointed Reds boss in October of last year.

He led a club struggling under Brendan Rodgers to the finals of both the League Cup and Europa League, while they are currently second in the Premier League table.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Coutinho has explained the impact the German has made.

Coutinho, Klopp

“I like the tactical training we are doing,” he said. “But yes, there is a lot of it. He is teaching us to press when we don’t have the ball and keeping that pressure up. Then we have to keep possession when we do have the ball. It’s about putting that mentality into us.

“It’s all about the confidence and the mentality that the coach has given us. This used to be a team that didn’t really believe in itself. Now the players feel more comfortable and this comes from the coach. That’s something that’s reflected on the pitch and in the results.”

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