Philippe Coutinho sends message to Liverpool about top four ahead of Everton clash
The Liverpool midfielder says Jurgen Klopp's side need all the points they can get in the top-four race
Philippe Coutinho has warned his Liverpool team-mates that Jurgen Klopp’s side need all the points they can get ahead of the visit of Everton on Saturday.
The Merseyside outfit are looking to secure a long-awaited return to the Champions League after a three-season absence since crashing out in the group stages in 2014.
Liverpool are currently in fourth place in the Premier League table and four points ahead of fifth-placed Manchester United, although Jose Mourinho’s side have played two games less than the Reds.
Klopp’s side finished in seventh place in their first Premier League campaign under the former Borussia Dortmund manager.
Speaking to Liverpool’s website about a prospective top-four finish in the 2016-17 season ahead of the visit of Everton in the Merseyside derby on Saturday afternoon, Brazil international Coutinho said:
“It’s very important, obviously it’s our aim [to finish in the top four].
“All the games are like finals and if we’re going to achieve our aim we need a lot of points.”
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Coutinho has scored six goals and has made five assists in 22 appearances in the Premier League this season.
The Reds haven’t won the Premier League but finished as runners-up back in 2009 and 2014.