Klopp praises ailing Coutinho’s big performance

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As usual, Jurgen Klopp was not at a loss for words to describe Liverpool’s come-from-behind win at Stoke City on Saturday.

Trailing on a Jon Walters goal, Klopp introduced Roberto Firmino and ailing Philippe Coutinho in the second half to inspire a 2-1 win that keeps the Reds third in the Premier League table.

[ RECAP: Stoke 1-2 Liverpool ]

Coutinho left Liverpool’s midweek match with illness, and wasn’t fit to start against Stoke. But the club’s predicament meant he’d need to gut out a performance.

He definitely did. How bad was the illness, Jurgen? Nearly seven pounds bad, apparently. From the BBC:

“Philippe Coutinho lost three kilos in the past three days, which some people wish – but for a professional footballer it’s not too cool.

Simon Mignolet saved our life. Job done, feels good. Nice weather, 63 points and I couldn’t feel any better.”

The win was huge and necessary, with the four teams chasing Liverpool all possessing matches in hand. Coutinho has been a wizard for the Reds in recent weeks (and years!).