Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho explains importance of his training sessions lately

Philippe Coutinho

A change in manager and new personnel in the final third means there needs to be some adaptation from the Brazilian.

Liverpool playmaker Phillipe Coutinho has said he has had to adapt to new forwards coming through the door at Anfield as well as Jurgen Klopp's way of playing as the Brazilian has managed to find his goalscoring form. 

Coutinho has scored three in his last two Premier League games and is now halfway to matching his goalscoring tally from last season in all competitions.

Three new forwards arrived at Anfield in the summer, and with two of them currently on the sidelines and a few changes to the side in the final third of the field in recent games, it can some adapting.

Coutinho has told the official Liverpool magazine, as published by the Liverpool website: “When you get new players, especially strikers, it is the job of all of the team to give them the service they need.

“I have to learn whether it is right to play a fast ball or a pass along the ground, depending on who I am playing the ball to.

“The training sessions are very, very important for this adaptation process to happen. We work on this every day in training and the sessions are very intense."

There was something of a worry about Coutinho's form not so long ago, but his starring role against Chelsea which seemingly continued against Crystal Palace seems mean something has clicked. If Liverpool can get a settled front line ahead of him then not only will the Brazilian continue to thrive then the team may well do too.

Then there are the individual instructions from Klopp, which seem relatively straightforward if Coutinho's words are anything to go by, but there may be more to them than meets they.

He added: “He asks for us to play with as much freedom as possible when we have the ball, but when we lose it we are asked to recover it as quickly as possible.

“We press very high with the intention of trying to make the other team lose the ball close to their goal. If we do it right, and win the ball back in these areas, it gives us a better chance to score."

The pressing Liverpool have done since Klopp's arrival has not been lost on the rest of the league, it's just a case of converting the chances they are starting to create into goals, as they have threatened to in recent games.

Coutinho's form in front of goal certainly seems to be on an upward curve as he has been accused of wasting opportunities in the past. If the strikers can start to fire, with other members of the squad chipping in with goals then the Reds can start being as prolific in front of goal as they need to be. 

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