- Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool obviously miss Philippe Coutinho
- German thankful, however, that Brazilian’s departure hasn’t impact the Reds on the pitch
- Klopp’s men moved back up to second with 2-0 win over Newcastle
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Jurgen Klopp admits Liverpool undoubtedly miss Philippe Coutinho but is adamant his departure hasn’t inflicted a negative impact on his team.
The German’s comments drew on the basis of the fact any team would miss a world-class player were he to leave, as with the Brazilian’s move to Barcelona.
Coutinho’s talismanic presence on Merseyside always promised to leave a difficult void to fill once gone, but the Reds have displayed no signs of faltering since is exit.
Klopp’s men in fact currently look in great shape to secure a top four finish and boosted their hopes with a 2-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday.
Speaking to BT Sport, the Liverpool manager praised his players for responding admirably to Coutinho’s transfer.
“It’s a job for the boys that they look like we don’t miss him. But we do…”
Jürgen Klopp opens up on Philippe Coutinho moving to Barcelona and is glad it’s not showing on the pitch. pic.twitter.com/X8Izlhzlwg
— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) March 3, 2018
Despite a determined first half effort, a stern Newcastle defence under the guidance of the tactically adept Rafael Benitez couldn’t contain Liverpool’s attacking fire power.
Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah yet again led the charge, with the latter bagging his 32nd goal of the campaign in all competitions to match Newcastle’s own overall tally this season.
Firmino in particular has been in inspired form after losing his fellow countryman, spearheading Klopp’s desired high press and recording his most productive season at Anfield in the goals department.
The extent of how well Liverpool have coped without Coutinho bodes menacingly well for the future of the club.