Klopp: Liverpool have thrived without Coutinho

Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool’s players have shared the burden left by Philippe Coutinho’s departure to Barcelona.

Since Coutinho made the £146million to the Nou Camp in the January transfer window, Liverpool have suffered just one Premier League defeat and are only two points adrift of second placed Manchester United.

Klopp opted against replacing Coutinho in January and instead, decided to keep faith with those players already at the club’s disposal.

And the Liverpool boss has been heartened by how they have coped without the Brazilian in their ranks.

“Philippe Coutinho was a very, very dominant player in our game,” said Klopp.

“When we were not at our best it was often a good idea to give him the ball. I’m not sure if that is good or not. It was always like this when Phil didn’t play, we had to do the job differently. To give the responsibility on different shoulders and split it between the players.

“Now it’s been a few weeks I am happy by the reaction of the boys. They have stepped up. People think if one player is missing the whole building is going to fall down. I don’t believe in this.

“The players are smart enough to use good players in the team. If you watch Barcelona, they give Lionel Messi the ball in specific moments. That’s a good idea to be honest. I would do pretty much the same.

“That’s what we did with Phil and now we do it with other players. We work for each other, there is no need for a change in attitude.”