Liverpool media round-up: Mignolet on Coutinho strike, Rodgers on Lovren's performance

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A selection of the latest stories in the media involving Liverpool Football Club this Monday morning.

Liverpool got their season off to the perfect start by putting their Britannia Stadium ghosts to rest after a late strike from Philippe Coutinho gave them a 1-0 win over Stoke City.

A lot of the build-up to the game was dominated by the Reds returning to the scene of their 6-1 hammering on the final day of last season.

Coutinho came in for a lot of praise from Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who told the Liverpool Echo he knew exactly where the ball was going to end up the minute it left his foot.

The Belgian said: “The moment Philippe got the ball out of his feet and cut inside I was shouting ‘shoot!’

“He did the same at Bolton and Blackburn last season. We all knew what was going to happen.

“I see that quality from him every day in training. That great talent is something he was born with. He also works his socks off for the team.

“Hopefully we’ll see a lot more of that from him this season.”

One man who also won praise for his performance was Dejan Lovren, who manager Brendan Rodgers said had arguably his best performance for the Reds.

Lovren has struggled to find form and adapt to life with the Reds following a £20 million move from Southampton last summer, but he largely impressed against the Potters in what was a pretty solid defensive performance from the side.

As reported by the Liverpool Echo, Rodgers told reporters after the game: "I think he’s gained the confidence from knowing he was going to start in the team, and he stood up to the challenge really well today. The two centre halves were excellent.

“Defensively we were strong. We knew we would have to defend well, and then we know we have the quality to go and win the game. I was really pleased with the performance; it certainly feels better than 11 weeks ago!"

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