Liverpool's Brazilian star issues rallying cry ahead of final

Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho is sure to play a major role in Liverpool's attempt to win the Europa League final against Sevilla in Basel tonight.

Liverpool play-maker Philippe Coutinho has issued a rallying cry ahead of his side's Europa League final tonight against Sevilla, as reported by Sky Sports.

The Reds head into the game as favourites with the bookmakers, but many people are fancying the Spanish side, following their victories in the last two Europa League finals.

Liverpool's mercurial Brazilian suggests that now is the time for his side to stand up and be counted.

"The expression we use in Brazil is 'We hit the post' on quite a few occasions recently so it will be really important for us to finally achieve something and win something with Liverpool," he said.

The Merseyside club have struggled domestically this season, but their performances on the continent have drawn praise from pundits and fans alike. They will be looking to win their ninth European trophy tonight, following five European Cups and three UEFA Cup victories.

Coutinho claimed that success tonight is far more important than the thought of qualifying for the Champions League, although it will be a nice bonus.

"Personally for me winning the trophy is the most important fact," he said. "The positive consequence of winning the trophy is getting a Champions League spot but the squad are focused on the trophy."

He then when on to lavish praise on his manager Jürgen Klopp, claiming that his experience will be vital tonight.

"Jurgen Klopp is experienced in European competitions," he said. "He is a great manager."

If Liverpool can bring the trophy back to Merseyside, the German will become even more popular among both the players and the fans.

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