Klopp claims Liverpool ace has made the next step in 2016, explains key advice
By Dominic Toner
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp believes that Philippe Coutinho has gone up another level in 2016.
The 24-year-old has enjoyed a fantastic year for the Merseyside club and has emerged as the standout player in the squad.
He was named the club’s Player of the Year for the 2015/16 campaign and has continued his form into the current season.
The Brazil international has made 14 appearances across all competitions this season, scoring six goals and supplying six assists in return.
Klopp claims that Coutinho has enjoyed another sensational year and explained how he altered his style with some crucial advice.
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“In 2016 he has made the next step for sure,” Klopp told the Echo. “He has been very consistent. I think our style of play fits really well with him.
“I told him that he could help us more and we could help him more when we do very simple passing to create better situations and have the opportunity to finish in different kind of ways. That’s given us a real boost in terms of development.”
Coutinho has proven to be a massive team player and has become a huge favourite with the Anfield supporters.
The attacking midfielder is now regarded as one of the best players in the Premier League and is trying to lead Liverpool’s title pursuit, who are currently six points adrift to table toppers Chelsea.
He has now made 159 appearances for the Reds since his arrival in 2013 and scored 34 goals in return.
Coutinho is certainly in the best for of his career and has flourished in a three-man attack alongside team-mates Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
In other Liverpool news, the club would win the title if they follow up a reported approach for a Premier League winner.