Coutinho sends message to Liverpool fans ahead of 'huge' Merseyside derby
Liverpool attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho is hoping to “give something back” to the fans ahead of next weekend’s Merseyside derby at Anfield.
The Reds are up to fourth place in the Premier League table after yesterday’s 5-1 win over Brighton and will go into the game full of confidence.
The Brazil playmaker Coutinho scored the last time Liverpool faced Everton back in April in a 3-1 victory for the Reds and he is relishing the prospect of another derby.
“These are the games you prepare yourself to the maximum to give something back to the fans,” said Coutinho, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo.
“I’ve played in quite a few already and I’ve really enjoyed playing against them.
“There is a great deal of expectation among the supporters, so it’s a huge game. To score and win in that game is special. It gives you a particularly good feeling.”
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Liverpool will be looking to secure their fourth straight victory over Everton under their manager Jurgen Klopp.
Coutinho is yet to experience defeat in a Merseyside derby and knows the importance of the game to the fans.
The 25-year-old showcased his quality on Saturday, scoring a brilliant free-kick and delivering the cross for an own goal by Lewis Dunk in a convincing win for the Reds against Brighton.
Meanwhile, Everton recorded back-to-back Premier League wins for the first time this season with a 2-0 victory over Huddersfield at Goodison Park, in new manager Sam Allardyce’s first game in charge of the side.
The Toffees are currently 10th in the Premier League table and will go into the derby 11 points behind their rivals.
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