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Philippe Coutinho urges Liverpool teammates to stay calm after poor results

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Philippe Coutinho has warned his Liverpool teammates to remain calm after suffering back-to-back defeats against West Ham and Manchester United.

The Brazil international, who missed the 3-1 defeat to fierce rivals United last weekend after his red card against the Hammers before the international break, believes it’s imperative for everyone at Anfield to keep their cool and remain focused.

Liverpool currently find themselves tenth in the Premier League table, having picked up seven points from a possible 15, with the Reds’ previous two results heaping the pressure on manager Brendan Rodgers.

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“It is vital to stay calm, mainly because we are just at the beginning in all competitions,” Coutinho told Liverpool's official website. “We have a long season ahead and many things can happen. The Premier League is tough - all clubs have great teams - and we know twists and turns will happen.

“We have to not only remain calm but also to work hard to achieve what we want on the pitch.

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“It feels bad to be out and not being available to be selected and help the team but we have to look ahead now and get over these two recent games we lost.

“There are lessons to be learned so we can move on and avoid making the same mistakes. We have a great team here and we know we can improve - and that's what we're trying to do right now.”

Coutinho: Europa League game is important

After sitting out the defeat to Manchester United, Coutinho will be eager to make amends for his red card, starting on Thursday night against Bordeaux in the Europa League.

“It's a very important game as it's our first in the Europa League,” the South American added. “We know how important it is to have a good start in a competition like this and everyone's focused on doing well in this game.

“After two consecutive defeats, we're conscious there's going to be more pressure from the outside - we have to do things right on the pitch so we can achieve good results.”

Could Rodgers be sacked this weekend?

After Thursday night’s European fixture, all attention will turn to Sunday’s Premier League fixture against Norwich City at Anfield - a game that has taken on must-win status after recent results.

In fact, according to beIN Sports’ presenter Richard Keys, defeat against the Canaries could spell the end for Rodgers at Liverpool.

Liverpool fans: should Brendan Rodgers be sacked if the Reds lose the Norwich City this weekend? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!

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