Under Jürgen Klopp, Philippe Coutinho has revealed that Liverpool has become more resilient defensively as opposed to past years.
While you could hardly argue that Liverpool’s defence is comprised of the type of defensive stalwarts that would win you the Champions League, there has been an undeniable improvement under Klopp is defensive areas.
When you consider Liverpool’s form against the league’s ‘top sides’, you’d struggle to deny that the Reds are a top outfit and have tightened up defensively. Aside from conceding three goals to Arsenal on the very first day of the season, there has been a marked improvement in the way Liverpool approaches games against the big sides.
Liverpool’s downfall comes against the supposed ‘small teams’ – if there are any in the Premier League – as defeats to the likes of Burnley and Bournemouth have cost the Reds this season. Actually, when you really consider it, it’s not the losses which are costing Liverpool as the Merseysiders have lost just twice, but the six times that Klopp’s side have ended a game level with another side are costing Liverpool major points this season – similar to the 2008/09 season.
That being said, however, Philippe Coutinho can see the the positive side of this season and the progress made since he arrived in 2013.
“He is a great manager,” Coutinho told Sky Sports.
“He has changed the mentality in our team we have become much stronger in defence, and we’ll keep working together.”
On the rest of the campaign, the 24-year-old added, “We have to keep working together because the season is very long. We have big objectives to realise this season.
“The confidence [of a good result] brings good feeling, tells us that we have to keep working hard.
“This season promises to be very important for us and Liverpool have to keep playing well.”
Having players like Coutinho – players with big ambitions – is propelling Liverpool onto greater things and with the gap between Liverpool and Chelsea just seven points, there is no reason to suggest that a title challenge is out of the question.
Chelsea have to visit fortress Anfield at the end of the month, the sternest test to Liverpool’s unbeaten home record. As the old cliché goes, the clash will either make or break the Reds’ Premier League season as it offers a tremendous opportunity to unsettle Chelsea and creep right behind the league leaders.