Since bagging a spectacular last gasp goal away to Stoke City on opening day, Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has looked off his game — so much so that fans and pundits alike were calling on Reds boss Jurgen Klopp to drop the diminutive midfielder. After a spectacular display and two highlight reel worthy goals in the demolition of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge yesterday, that chatter is long forgotten.
“Philippe is a great player. He has unbelievable skill, he’s a great guy,” the German manager told BT Sport following the final whistle. You have to fight, you have to work and that’s what he did today — he got back what he invested,” he said, full of praise for the little Brazilian. “You cannot win at Chelsea without a little bit of luck. It’s a difficult game, especially in this situation,” continued Klopp, humble even in victory. “We can do better, for sure, but for today it’s absolutely OK.”
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A curling effort deep in first half injury time restored parity after compatriot Ramires put the hosts ahead early on and another beautifully struck shot with 15-minutes left to play put the Anfield outfit in the lead before Christian Benteke provided the coup de grace in the closing stages.
“The big players show their quality in the games you need them,” Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel told the Liverpool ECHO, reflecting on the Brazilian’s performance. “Maybe Philippe didn’t play quite as well in the last few games but he showed his quality and how important he is for this team,” he enthused. “We didn’t start well, we knew that. But I think after that 10 minutes we started to play the game we wanted to and the [equalising] goal we scored was a massive help for us,” continued Skrtel before adding, “To beat Chelsea at Stamford Bridge is always something special and especially after the performance we showed.”