Mignolet says "incredible" Liverpool star gets the better of him in training on a daily basis


Simon Mignolet says Manchester United's chief tormentor Philippe Coutinho scores superb goals against him all the time in training.

Philippe Coutinho's superb solo goal against Manchester United on Thursday night came as no surprise to Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet, who told the Liverpool Echo that the Brazilian comes up with moments of magic on a daily basis on the training pitch.

Coutinho delivered the killer blow in the Europa League last-16 tie, extinguishing any hope United after Anthony Martial's penalty when he danced past Guillermo Valera and dinked a fine finish past David de Gea.

That was the 23-year-old playmaker's eighth goal of the season and it effectively sealed the Reds' place in the quarter-finals of the competition.

Coutinho's goal has been lauded in the 24 hours since the match, but Mignolet insists it did not come as any surprise to him after being beaten by similarly top-class efforts from the Brazilian in training on a regular basis.

The Belgian stopper told the Liverpool Echo: "From where I was it was difficult to see how tight the angle was but I’ve seen it back and it was a very special goal. He got past the defender and the finish from that angle was just incredible. Philippe made it look so easy.

"I wasn’t surprised because I see him do that every day in training. He scores goals like that past me. I know what he’s capable of.

"He’s such a good player for us and he helped us get the job done against United. Phil scored at exactly the right time - just before half-time. It changed the game."

Coutinho has been one of the brightest stars for Liverpool since joining the club three years ago from Inter Milan for around £8.5 million, being named the club's Player of the Year and selected for the PFA Premier League team of the year last season.

The midfielder has scored 24 goals in 133 appearances for the club and after his strike on Thursday night has already matched his best ever season tally.

His fine effort at Old Trafford secured a place in a first European quarter-final for the Reds in six years, where they will face manager Jurgen Klopp's former side Borussia Dortmund, who knocked out title-chasing Tottenham Hotspur 5-1 on aggregate.

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