Philippe Coutinho improving under Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool
By Michael Kelleher
Last Updated: 22/02/16 1:25pm
Philippe Coutinho says Jurgen Klopp has made him 'an even better player' and believes Liverpool are moving in the right direction under the former Borussia Dortmund manager.
Liverpool's inconsistent form since Klopp's arrival in October mean the Reds sit eighth in the Premier League table with 12 games to play.
Coutinho admits Liverpool have taken time to adapt to Klopp's high-intensity approach, but believes it will eventually lead to the club achieving big things under the 48-year-old.
"It feels like we are moving in the right direction under him and we believe we can fight for the big prizes and enjoy some special moments with the fans," Coutinho told World Soccer magazine.
"In training, we are working hard and enjoying his methods, which are helping to make us better players. Our team is playing a high-pressing game and I am enjoying it. With this style there is more freedom when we have the ball.
"We still have responsibilities within the team, but the manager is asking us to play our game more naturally and it is enabling us to express ourselves.
"Klopp has put his ideas forward and they are helping to make me an even better player."
Although Coutinho is pleased with how his game is progressing under Klopp, the Brazil international retains a special place for his predecessor at Anfield, Brendan Rodgers.
Rodgers signed Coutinho from Inter Milan as a 20-year-old, bringing him to Liverpool after he struggled to make an impact in Serie A for Inter Milan.
"I have been lucky to work under some fine managers already in my career and they have each added an element to my game," Coutinho said.
"The likes of [Rafael] Benitez, [Mauricio] Pochettino and Dunga are great coaches but I will always have a special gratitude to Brendan. He believed in me and brought me here. He gave me the opportunity to play for such a great club."