Philippe Coutinho reveals the motivational tactics used by Brendan Rodgers

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Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho has spoken out about Brendan Rodgers' inspirational tactics which almost guided them to their first-ever Premier League title last season. 

Rodgers would use a unique method of reading letters from players' mums in the dressing room which helped them in their title charge. 

These tactics clearly had an alarming effect on the players as Liverpool won 12 of their last 14 games, including 11 in a row. However, they fell just short losing out on the title by two points to Manchester City.

Coutinho's time

The Brazilian revealed that the players would take it in turns to have theirs read every week and his came at the perfect time.

Coutinho's message from his mother was read before the 3-2 victory over Manchester City last April where he scored a stunning winner after City had pulled back a two goal deficit.

Coutinho told the Daily Mail:  "I was so anxious for it to be my turn, for the manager to read the letter from my mum.

"I waited and waited for it. The manager had spoken to the mothers of every player in the team, he'd been reading a message before every game for months and finally my turn had come.

"At first, I didn't know that the manager would be reading a letter from her, then he mentioned her name and I was really overwhelmed."

The message

"It said she loved me, is proud of me, is always with me and missing me," Coutinho added.

"There was more, but those are just the words I needed to hear. It filled me up. The other players were also really moved because every week, regardless of whose mother it was with the message, we were all inspired and emotional."

Liverpool appeared on the brink of glory after this moment with the destination of the title seemingly in their hands. A week later came a narrow win over Norwich before the wheels began to, so dramatically, fall off.

Steven Gerrard's infamous slip soon followed as Chelsea recorded a 2-0 victory at Anfield, but even more gut-wrenching was the way they snatched a draw from the jaws of triumph in their next outing.

Liverpool had been three goals up at Crystal Palace with 11 minutes remaining before the south London side hit back in stunning fashion to leave the dreams of Kopites well and truly in tatters.

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