Jurgen Klopp described it as a ‘perfect goal’ while even Louis van Gaal held his hands up after the match and admitted it was a ‘fantastic action’.
Shortly after Coutinho netted his audacious near-post dink over David de Gea, footage emerged on social media of Coutinho scoring a near-identical goal while training with Inter Milan four years ago. (Scroll down this page to watch it).
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The footage shows a young Coutinho weaving inside two opponents with a neat piece of skill before rolling the ball over his foot and lofting it over the goalkeeper into the net.
Doing it in a training sessions and in a competitive match are, of course, two completely different things. Inter sold Coutinho because he failed to produce the goods on a consistent basis at the San Siro; but the Italian giants’ loss has undoubtedly been Liverpool’s gain.
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Video: Coutinho's training ground goal
Video: Coutinho's goal v Man Utd
Bargain signing for Liverpool
The Reds signed Coutinho for £8.5 million back in 2013 and this was arguably the best value-for-money signing of Brendan Rodgers’ tenure.
The 23-year-old has cemented his status as one of Europe’s best playmakers over the past three years and, as James Milner explained on BT Sport after last night’s match, has the potential to become an even better player.
"He's a brilliant player and he's only going to get better," the England international was quoted as saying by Goal. "He's still young, he's got all the tricks and he's got a great temperament.
"He's going to be a top, top player. He's got a great attitude to keep learning. You need that little bit of magic sometimes and it was great timing just before half-time."
Klopp hails Coutinho's goal
On the goal against United, Klopp was quoted by the Daily Mail as saying: “What he did was brilliant. Phil had a genius moment. It was the most unexpected thing he could do in that situation — a perfect goal.
“We deserve to be in the next round, there is no doubt about that. I'm pretty proud of the boys.”
Liverpool will discover their quarter-final opponents when the draw is made on Friday morning.
Klopp’s men will seal a place in next season’s Champions League campaign by winning the tournament, although they still have an outside chance of finishing the season inside the Premier League’s top four.
The Reds currently sit eighth in the table, seven points behind fourth-placed Manchester City, but have two games in hand over some of their top-four rivals.
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