Liverpool’s Coutinho eyeing Stamford Bridge repeat
Philippe Coutinho is hoping to be inspired by his good memories from Liverpool’s last Premier League trip to Stamford Bridge when the Reds renew their rivalry with Chelsea away from home this evening.
Back in October, Jürgen Klopp earned his first win since taking charge of the club as his team came from behind to down Jose Mourinho’s men on their own turf.
Liverpool fans present on that day were given an early glimpse of the footballing identity their new boss was attempting to forge – an ideal he will hope to be closer to this term after overseeing a full pre-season.
And Coutinho, who scored twice to help Klopp to his first three points in England, is eyeing an equally significant result tonight.
“The last game there was good for us, we played well, it was the manager’s first game against Chelsea and we did everything he asked us to do,” he told Liverpoolfc.com.
“We played well, we pressured them well and I was very happy to score two goals, so I hope on Friday we play well again and win the match.
“The manager arrived with a lot of new ideas and the team quickly adapted to his way of playing and we won some very important games.
“That was one of the first, a game away from home against a very strong team, so we definitely thought we would be reaping the rewards in the future.”
A brace at Stamford Bridge helped Coutinho to a career-best tally of 12 goals last season, and he is already on his way to bettering that this term, having scored twice in four appearances.
The Brazilian admits that improving his individual output is always an aim, but insists he won’t seek personal glory at the expense of the collective goal.
“I’ve always maintained that scoring goals is something I have to improve,” he added.
“I’m always trying to get better and I’ve been working hard on it, of course, I’m the kind of player who’s always looking to improve.
“So if I can score more goals this season, excellent, but the most important thing is to help the team and do what the manager asks me to do.”
At Stamford Bridge, Coutinho could be facing a team littered with international colleagues, with fellow Brazilians Oscar, Willian and David Luiz all vying for starts.
But the 24-year-old’s competitive edge won’t be blunted by the potential presence of his compatriots in the opposition line-up, as securing victory for the Reds is his sole concern.
“Chelsea is a team that is always competitive, always fighting for the league title, a team that always has great players and a great history,” he continued.
“Of course to be champions the season before last and then have a bad season is difficult, but I’m only concerned with Liverpool and what we have to do, and our job is to go there and get the points at Chelsea.”