English Premiership

Coutinho: Klopp the reason I stayed

2017-01-30 16:10
Philippe Coutinho and Jurgen Klopp (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho recently signed a new five-year deal and revealed that his decision to do so was his faith in manager Jurgen Klopp.

Prior to inking a new deal, Coutinho, who made his comeback from an ankle injury not too long ago, was linked with a move to Barcelona. 

But, the 24-year-old opted to stay at Anfield due to the fact that he is confident Liverpool will taste a lot of success in the coming years under the guidance of Klopp.

"I would like to say it is not about one week, no matter how bad that is, it is about the future with this squad," said Coutinho.

"Yes, it has been a bad week, but we are looking beyond that. Of course we believe we can win titles under this manager - we are confident that will happen - and I signed because the manager is a winner.

"I believe in what he does and everyone inside the dressing room believes he will take this team to titles; that is why I signed a new contract and that is what we want to do."

The Reds are coming off an extremely disappointing week as they were knocked out of the EFL Cup and FA Cup respectively.

To make matters worse, their next assignment with be a clash with Premier League leaders Chelsea on Tuesday. 

The Blues have been on a dazzling run as of late and currently hold an eight-point lead on the standings, but Coutinho believes that Liverpool have a chance to turn their fortunes around should they triumph over Chelsea. 

"We have another opportunity straight away to bounce back and it is a good opportunity, a big game against Chelsea," he said.

"We have a few days to prepare everything and to go again and that is what we must do now.

"The club is very ambitious. The players and the manager all are focused. Everyone believes in that and everyone wants to bounce back at this moment."

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