Klopp has made Liverpool players BELIEVE, says Coutinho ahead of Euro final

first_img1 Philippe Coutinho takes directions from Jurgen Klopp during Liverpool training ahead of the Europa League final Philippe Coutinho has paid tribute to manager Jurgen Klopp on the eve of the Europa League final, claiming he has transformed the Liverpool players’ mentality.Klopp has only been at Anfield since October but Wednesday’s showdown with Sevilla in Basel is the second final he has led the Merseysiders into.On the charismatic German’s impact, Coutinho said: “He is a great manager and has made a few changes since he came in, the biggest one being to change the mentality and making the players believe they can actually achieve something.“Then step by step towards the end of the season Liverpool have improved performances and now are close to winning something.“It has been just six months and it is the second final we are playing in so it is a great opportunity.“The changes he has implemented has had a big part in that.”Liverpool lost their first final under Klopp – a penalty shootout defeat at the hands of Manchester City in the Capital One Cup in February – and have suffered numerous near misses in recent years.And Coutinho says it is time for the club to ‘stop hitting the post’ and secure a first trophy in four years by beating Sevilla.“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,” said the 23-year-old.“That will be special for everyone across the club and the whole of the squad.”Victory in Basle on Wednesday would also secure a route back into the Champions League, Liverpool’s only chance of European football next season after finishing eighth in the Premier League.The Reds have featured in Europe’s elite club competition just once in the last six seasons and while a return is significant to the club’s status Coutinho said it is a side issue to the main aim.“Personally for me winning the trophy is the most important fact,” he added.“The positive consequence of winning the trophy is getting a Champions League spot but the squad are focused on the trophy.“As I said before we hit the post on a few occasions so it is really important we win the Europa League.”Tune into talkSPORT to listen to LIVE commentary of Liverpool v Sevilla on Wednesday night, kick-off 19:45last_img

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