Coutinho: Klopp is making me a better player

Date published: Monday 22nd February 2016 9:37

Philippe Coutinho Football365

Philippe Coutinho has credited Jurgen Klopp with improving him as a player during his short time as manager of Liverpool.

In an extensive interview with World Soccer magazine, Coutinho expressed how impressed he was with Klopp’s training methods, and also enthused about the German’s high-pressing style of play.

“He [Klopp] created a highly successful side at Dortmund and it is great for Liverpool to have him,” Coutinho said.

“In training, we are working hard and enjoying his methods, which are helping to make us better players.

“Little by little, it is translating to matches and I think everyone has seen how effective his philosophy can be if we adapt it in the right way.

“It feels like we are moving in the right direction under him and we believe we can fight for the big prizes and enjoy some special moments with the fans.”

“Our team is playing a high-pressing game and I am enjoying it. With this style there is more freedom when we have the ball.

“We still have responsibilities within the team, but the manager is asking us to play our game more naturally and it is enabling us to express ourselves.

“Klopp has put his ideas forward and they are helping to make me an even better player.”

 

However, Coutinho also reserved praise for Brendan Rodgers, the manager who signed the Brazilian.

While Coutinho didn’t pass comment on Rodgers’ tactics or management, he thanked Klopp’s predecessor for bringing him to England.

“The likes of Benitez and Dunga are great coaches, but I will always have a special gratitude to Brendan Rodgers,” Coutinho said.

“He believed in me and brought me here. He gave me the opportunity to play for such a great club.”

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