Jurgen Klopp has described Philippe Coutinho's goal against Manchester United as 'the most unexpected thing'.
Coutinho all but settled the Europa League tie at Old Trafford last night with a moment of magic before half-time; taking on United full-back Guillermo Varela with ease, the tricky playmaker beautifully dinked the ball over David de Gea.
Coutinho was brilliant throughout the contest, often proving a threat in the final third of the pitch. In truth, United had no answers and failed to contain him.
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Klopp, then, has hailed the player's strike as the 'perfect goal' but insists that the player must continue to trust himself.
Speaking after the clash, as per the club's official website, the German coach stated: “You’ve known him longer than I’ve known him so maybe you know everything about him.
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Klopp hails Coutinho
“He had a lot of good moments in the first half – from a working side it was one of the best I’ve ever seen. It was really good, it was a little bit like at Man City. It was really brilliant.
“Then he had this moment when someone played a perfect pass – I’m not sure who played it – and his first touch was not too good. With his technique, usually it is a big chance, so you saw on his face it’s not too easy for him to handle this.
"He has to trust more in himself because it’s clear with his quality he will always get another one [chance].
“It was brilliant what he did. It was the most unexpected thing you could do in a situation like that – it was a perfect goal.”
The Reds are well and truly coming to prominence under Klopp's regime right now. Before last night's draw, they had secured three consecutive victories so should be full of confidence ahead of the final stages of the season.
The Liverpool players will be well aware that they have to deliver between now and the end of the campaign. Despite their league position - they currently sit in eighth - the side won't be able to rest on their laurels.
The players on Merseyside must continue to impress Klopp if they want to be involved in his plans for the 2016/17 season.
Securing success in the Europa League would only help the players' cause, of course, but they will head into the quarter-finals of the competition as underdogs.
That's because they are playing Klopp's former side Borussia Dortmund, who are in sublime form. The German outfit comfortably beat Premier League outfit Tottenham in the last round and will fancy their chances of knocking out the Reds. It looks set to be an intriguing clash.
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