Jurgen Klopp reveals the one key reason for Philippe Coutinho's positive return for Liverpool

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For the latter half of the summer transfer window, much of the narrative and headlines centred on Liverpool's little magician, Philippe Coutinho.

After Neymar's €222m departure to Barcelona, Jurgen Klopp's playmaking genius was made the Blaugrana's number one target.

In the end, Liverpool some how held on to Coutinho, rejecting three bids and ignoring his formal transfer request.

After the conclusion of the International break a few weeks back, much of the focus was on how the Brazilian would reintegrate back into Reds' squad for the rest of the season.

So far, he has been brilliant, with his best returning performance coming against Leicester City in the 3-2 victory at the King Power on Saturday evening.

Coutinho set up Mohamed Salah's opening goal and then delivered a perfect free kick shortly after.

It was a brilliant way to reaffirm just how important he is to this Liverpool side. There were worries that he would not give 100% but they already appear to be extinguished.


Klopp is, of course, over the moon and believes he knows the key reason why Coutinho has slotted seamlessly back into the starting XI; his reception from the fans.

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"It's not about Coutinho's character but it says a lot about the relationship with our supporters and Phil Coutinho," Klopp said, per ESPN. "Because when he came on [against Sevilla] for the last 15, 20 minutes, nobody knew how Anfield would react.

"Anfield pushed, it was really there, and that's what I really love in football.

"Maybe we don't agree always in each moment, like people are, but when you have a short minute to think you remember we are family.

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"That's how they reacted, they really loved it and that helped Phil a lot. He can play football, he can be concentrated on football, he can perform."

Coutinho's reception against Sevilla was in stark contrast to Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez, who was booed by certain areas of the Emirates against Bournemouth after trying to seal a move to Manchester City.

Coutinho is expected to have a major part to play in Liverpool's trip to Spartak Moscow on Tuesday evening in the Champions League as Klopp's side search for their first win in the competition this season.

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