South American playmaker desperate to pick up first Liverpool trophy…
Coutinho has given a lengthy interview to the Liverpool Echo, in which he’s outlined his aims and ambitions for this season.
“I’ve never played at Wembley and it’s always been an ambition of mine to play there.
“It would be so special to walk out there for the first time in a cup final.
“Everyone is excited about the prospect of playing at Wembley and we want to take this opportunity.
“Chelsea are a great side who are very difficult to play against but we’re in good form and we want to get through. We all want to lift that trophy.”
On trophies and Brazilians:
“I came here to win trophies and the Capital One Cup is a great chance to do that,” continued the playmaker.
“Trophies are what makes players – it’s what you are remembered for.
“It also makes the history of a club. We are in a great position to try to win this competition.
“I am friends with all the Brazilian guys at Chelsea, and we speak now and then.
“But those friendships are outside the pitch. On the pitch it is a different story. It’s a professional thing.
“Our fans are expecting Liverpool to win this game and it’s important we get a good result in the first leg at Anfield.
“We want to get an advantage to take to Stamford Bridge.”
On the 3-4-3:
“This formation has improved things not only for me but also for the whole team,” Coutinho said.
“Everyone is finding their feet now. I really enjoy playing in that central role where I can try to make things happen.
“I know I need to improve the number of goals I score. It’s a personal target of mine and I also need to do it to help the team.
“I know if I score more goals then I’ll be able to make a bigger contribution to the team and that’s something I’m really working on.”
“Probably the major difference now compared to then is the confidence in the team.
“It’s pretty much the same players but we are feeling much more confident now. It has got higher and higher with the positive results.
“The team is now in a much better moment than the last time we faced Chelsea. We’re performing better and improved our game. Hopefully this time we can beat them.
“It’s always special to play at Anfield and it makes such a difference for us when we play with the fans right behind us.
“The players feel different at Anfield. The fans really spur you on and encourage you to give your best. The crowd can play a key role in this match.”