Philippe Coutinho: How Jurgen Klopp has improved Liverpool players
The Brazilian midfielder says Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has brought a winning mentality
Philippe Coutinho says Jurgen Klopp has encouraged his Liverpool players to adopt a winning mentality.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager was appointed as Brendan Rodgers’ successor back in October 2015 after Liverpool made a slow start to the season under the Northern Irishman.
Klopp led the Merseyside outfit to an eighth-place finish in his first campaign at Anfield but the German did reach two cup finals in the 2015-16 season.
Liverpool lost to Manchester City on penalties in the League Cup final before a 3-1 defeat by Sevilla in the Europa League showpiece.
The Reds have made further progress under the 49-year-old in the 2016-17 season – though, winning eight of their opening 11 Premier League games.
The 18-time English champions are currently sitting at the top of the Premier League table and a point ahead of second-placed Chelsea.
And Brazil forward Coutinho discussed how Klopp has changed the mentality of his Liverpool squad since taking over the reins over 12 months ago.
“The winning mentality, the coach has brought this. He emphasises it a lot,” Coutinho told Liverpool’s website.
“He gives confidence to the players. I think today we believe more in our own potential and that has made us better on the field.
“Since he has arrived, the work that he implemented is his ideas. Of course, week by week, we train and practise the game according to the opponent.
“But he always asks for the same thing: hard work with a lot of dedication. It’s a team that puts a lot of pressure on the opponent and that is what he asks us to do, keeping the ball. So they are the same things.”
Coutinho has scored five goals in the 2016-17 Premier League season.