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Liverpool ace backs Coutinho to inspire top four push

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Coutinho returned from injury against Arsenal (©GettyImages)
Coutinho returned from injury against Arsenal (©GettyImages).


Liverpool defender Kolo Toure has backed 'magical' Philippe Coutinho to help Liverpool bounce back after their 2-0 loss to Arsenal on Saturday.

The Merseysiders missed an opportunity to go top of the Premier League when goals from Santi Cazorla and Aaron Ramsey secure victory at the Emirates Stadium.

Instead Liverpool find themselves five points behind the Gunners in third, level on points with Chelsea and Tottenham.

But Toure is confident Coutinho, who came on at half time at the Emirates after returning from a shoulder injury, will help Liverpool return to winning ways and stay in the hunt for a Champions League spot.

"In the first half we couldn't keep the ball well enough and we spent too much energy running after it, but in the second half when Coutinho came on the game changed," he told the Liverpool Echo.

"We were much better and created some chances but we couldn't take them.

"I call Coutinho 'my player'. I think he's amazing and can make the difference in matches.

"This season he's been out injured but now he's back he's going to be amazing for us.

"I really like him. He's my best player. In training he's one of the hardest to mark. He's still young but he's got that magic."

Liverpool struggled to contain Arsenal's creativity in the first half and were left to chase after the ball for long periods.

But after the introduction of Coutinho, Liverpool worked their way into the match and proved thay could compete with the league leaders.

“It was a good game between two great teams with great spirit,” Toure said.

“Goals change games and when you concede so early at a tough ground like this it becomes very difficult against a top side like Arsenal.

“I think we showed we are mentally strong by the way we fought back. We gave it everything we had.

“We were doing well in the second half but the second goal killed us. If that hadn’t gone in the result could have been different.

“We should have done better with the goals we conceded but we will learn from this game. You have to give Arsenal credit as they played very well but we kept going right until the end.

“The season is very long and it’s only November. Every team is still fighting for the title and we’ll continue working hard.”

Liverpool host Fulham on Saturday before they face local rivals Everton at Goodison in the Merseyside derby on November 23.

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