Philippe Coutinho, a Match Time Doubt, Gives Gutsy Performance in Liverpool Win

Posted April 20, 2017

Brazil playmaker Philippe Coutinho is doubtful for Saturday's trip to Stoke City after being sick at half time during Wednesday's draw with Bournemouth.

"I thought we could have played much better than we did; it was clear we wanted to bring them, but [for] only half an hour made absolutely no sense". "We're not 100% sure when it will happen, but then it is clear his season is over".

"Of course. It was a big win. They have a very experienced manager, a very good manager, and it's a hard place to go but it's the only place where we want to be".

That goal was Coutinho's 30th in the Premier League, making him the top-scoring Brazilian in the history of the competition.

He also has the most assists (28) and having signed a lengthy contract extension in January, is hopefully ours for the foreseeable future.

You could be forgiven for thinking that he had not been ill at all based on his performance, but speaking to Sky Sports after the game Jurgen Klopp revealed that he was so unwell he dropped three kilograms in the days before the match.

He added: "I am happy for that, but I just wanted to help my team and keep scoring and keep learning from the manager".

Nearly immediately the visitors were indebted to goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who denied Saido Berahino from close range with an incredible save.

This is a huge blow for Klopp who is hoping to secure Champions League football.

Liverpool are third in the Premier League, 12 points adrift of leaders Chelsea and two ahead of fourth-placed Manchester City.

"We have won a few games this year, but this was really special", he is quoted as saying by BBC Sport. "Now we need to get the job done and make sure we get more points on the board quickly".

Speaking to the Daily Mail, Redknapp has admitted that he thinks Liverpool need a player just like Tottenham's Son Heung-min; somebody who can chip in with goals when key players are missing, as he has during Harry Kane's absence.

"And we needed Simon Mignolet with two outstanding saves, the second one was the best I have ever seen - the save of the year".

This time Firmino did well to stay onside while tracking a long-ball from Matip.