Liverpool 24-year-old issues a reality check to Everton supporters
By Amir Mir
Philippe Coutinho has reminded Everton supporters that Liverpool are ahead of their rivals in the Premier League table.
The 24-year-old believes that is the “reality” with the two teams set to clash after the international break.
Ronald Koeman’s side will travel to Anfield on April 1 looking to gain revenge after their neighbours had picked up a late 1-0 win at Goodison Park in December during the reverse fixture.
Playmaker Coutinho will be hoping to start that encounter despite producing poor form since his return from injury in January.
Nonetheless, prior to the Merseyside derby, Coutinho delivered this reality check to the Toffees supporters.
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“I don’t think about that or worry about that, [that Everton are six points behind]” said Coutinho, as quoted by Goal. “Right now, Liverpool is higher in the league, that is the reality and that is all we have to think about.
“We know what it means. The people of Liverpool live this match with so much emotion and this time it is even more because Everton have improved so much in recent weeks.
“I don’t even think about any of our rivals – including Everton. All I want to do is to help this club get into the Champions League and finish as high in the table as we can.”
At this moment in time, the Reds are occupying the final Champions League place as they have recorded 56 points from their 29 matches.
By contrast, their rivals are sitting in seventh, six points behind and level on points with sixth-placed Arsenal, who have a game in hand on their rivals.
Coutinho will be hoping he can rediscover the form he produced prior to his injury in December because he has scored only one goal in his last nine league matches.
Prior to that Malleolar injury, Coutinho had scored five goals in 13 league games and provided the same number of assists.
Jurgen Klopp has substituted the Brazillian during his side’s last three matches, with the Reds picking up seven points during those games.
In other Everton news, the club are closing in on a stunning £40million signing.