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Coutinho: Klopp brought winning mentality to Liverpool

The former Dortmund boss has injected confidence into the squad and demands “hard work” and “dedication”, according to the Brazilian.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho during the Barclays Premier League match at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester.

Philippe Coutinho feels Jurgen Klopp has brought a winning mentality to Liverpool and injected belief into the Anfield dressing room.

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The Reds had to settle for eighth place in the Premier League following Klopp’s arrival halfway through last season, but they have made an impressive start to 2016-17 and top the table after 11 games.

“The coach has brought this winning mentality. He emphasises it a lot,” Coutinho told Liverpool’s official website.

“He gives confidence to the players. I think we now believe more in our own potential and that has made us better on the field. Since he has arrived, he has implemented his own ideas.

“Of course, week by week, we train and practise depending on our next opponent. But he always demands the same thing: hard work with a lot of dedication.”

Coutinho has formed a dangerous attacking partnership with Roberto Firmino this campaign and he has hailed his compatriot’s contribution.

“Roberto is very intelligent, he is someone who thinks very fast and he tries to create room for the other players,” he added.

“In each training session, we get used to each other’s styles and we get to know each other and apply that on the pitch.

“Firmino is a very skilful player, he has incredible ball control, it makes the difference for our team in those areas. He scores in many games.”

1 Comment on Coutinho: Klopp brought winning mentality to Liverpool

  1. Why discuss team’s tactics and mentality in the media? You’re letting your opponents into your armory room! The perfect understanding between you and Firmino is really obvious! It was also demonstrated in the Brazillian team during the Russia 2018 qualifying matches! Develop same with other strikers like Sadio Mane, Daniel Sturidge, Divock Origi, Ovie Ejaria and even the overlapping midfielders like Jordan Henderson, Alberto Moreno and Dejan Lovren! Please keep on the present “Killer Mood” until the EPL trophy is delivered to Ansfield come May 2017! Recession or no recession in Naija, we shall be in Liverpool City for the celebrations after 26 years of waiting! You’ll Never Walk Alone!!!


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