Popular German boss Jurgen Klopp has said that he loves Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho and vows to help him improve as a player, the Sunday People reports.
The Brazil international has long been a crowd favourite at Anfield, dazzling supporters with his brilliant close ball control and the ability to go bamboozle his opponents with ease.
However, his goal-scoring record isn’t the best, and his double against Chelsea on Saturday was the first time he has ever bagged two Premier League goals in the same match.
Speaking to the Sunday People, Klopp acknowledged that his star player isn’t perfect and needs to improve his output by insisted he loved the player all the same.
“I love this player. Who can’t love Phil Coutinho?” Klopp is quoted as saying. “I don’t expect all day perfection.
"I expect you to work to get better every day. I’ve spoken to Phil, but my job is to help him, not to say what he is not doing good.
“He knows the last three games were not perfect, but he needs the games. He needs the experience in games to feel what is good and what is wrong.”
Coutinho has never been a prolific scorer for the Reds, notching just 19 goals in 116 appearances in all competitions since joining the club from Inter Milan in January 2013.
As a playmaker, the 23-year-old needs to improve his output in terms of goals and assists and under the guidance of the ever-popular Klopp he has every chance of doing that.
Against Chelsea, he was superb in a number of key attacking areas and aside from his two well-taken goals he also contributed with four shots, two successful take-ons and one key pass.