Jurgen Klopp knew it was important his Liverpool side showed they could thrive without Philippe Coutinho.
Klopp’s side were playing for the first time since Coutinho joined Barcelona for a reported €160million but rarely lacked for attacking vibrancy in the Brazil international’s absence.
“It was the right statement. It’s not that I said in the meeting, ‘Boys, it would help a lot if you win tonight and nobody speaks about Phil Coutinho anymore.’,” the Liverpool manager said at a post-match news conference.
“We like talking about him, actually. I’m sure he is probably still jumping in his new living room in Barcelona, happy about the win.
“But, of course, it is important to show it is possible to play without him and we did that. So that’s a very important statement, absolutely.
“We knew before the game that is how we can deal with it. We only can get three points. It feels good for tonight and now we have another long week to prepare for the Swansea game.”
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