Lucas is ‘a great personality’ says Klopp, after winner versus Plymouth
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has paid tribute to Brazilian midfielder Lucas Leiva, after his header from Philippe Coutinho’s corner was enough to take the Reds to a 1-0 FA Cup 3rd round replay victory over Plymouth Argyle at Home Park.
His first goal in nearly seven years, Klopp expressed surprise at the length of his goalscoring drought, “After each last training [session] before the game, we finish with old v young. Lucas is the top scorer of all – so I’m really surprised that he didn’t score for that long. But now he is back on track.
“[He is] a great personality, a good player, a really wonderful guy. I’m pretty sure he could be a good friend for the rest of your life, when he is not a player. You have to line [him] up and sometimes not – it’s not his hobby to accept things like this, but he’s OK. And he is really important for us.”
Klopp was also delighted that Philippe Coutinho played for 65 minutes following his return from injury, “[He] was good. Actually, I expected you to ask me about Lucas! I’m happy, really happy. It was very important for us. I thought 60-65 minutes was the perfect intensity for today. Good for him and good for us.”