Phil Thompson explains what Jurgen Klopp will want from Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho

Phil Thompson believes that Philippe Coutinho has a big role to play under new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.

Liverpool legend Phil Thompson believes that new boss Jurgen Klopp will want Philippe Coutinho to return to basics, play further forward and supply the strikers with through-balls, Sky Sports report.

The Brazil international’s season got off to a flying start as he netted the winner at Stoke City, but it’s been pretty downhill from there with a dismissal, suspension and injury knock taking effect.

Most of all, though, was Coutinho’s struggle to fit into former boss Brendan Rodgers’ system.

The former Inter Milan attacking midfielder was often played in a deeper role, tasked with linking the play and also providing width on the left flank – a position which neutralised his best attributes.

Writing on Sky Sports, Liverpool great Thompson stated that he believes that Klopp will push the playmaker further forward on Saturday and make the Brazilian get back to doing what he does best.

“I think he'll [Jurgen Klopp] go with packing the midfield like Brendan Rodgers did against Spurs, but he'll also be looking to get his best players in their best positions,” Thompson said on facing Spurs.

"That means Philippe Coutinho, who is probably Liverpool's best and most important player, in the No 10 role. Klopp will want him getting back to the basics of picking out those killer passes early.”

Growing influence

Following the departures of former Liverpool players Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Raheem Sterling, there has since been a dearth of real big-name players in the Anfield dressing room.

The aforementioned not only shone in terms of ability, but their status as genuine elite level players helped inspire their teammates to improve and contribute in a similar manner.

However, now there doesn’t seem to be much inspiration with Coutinho arguably now becoming the standout player in regards to technical skill and popularity in the dressing room.

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