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Coutinho and Firmino Can’t Do It Alone, Insists Klopp

Jurgen Klopp is relishing the partnership between Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho, but suggests the team needs to contribute more because they cannot be expected to win games on their own.

With Sadio Mane out for the season, a greater onus has fallen on the Brazilians in attack, whose goals won the game against Stoke City last weekend after the Reds had fallen a goal behind at the Potteries.

But Klopp wants greater contribution from their teammates in attack, “It's very important that players can play together, but if they are only two then it's pretty difficult still. Gini Wijnaldum said it after the game, I think.

“Yes, they had a big impact on the game, that's 100 per cent true, but the whole team played better in the second half. If we would have played like that in the first half and Roberto and Phil would have been on the pitch, I can only imagine if the difference would still have been that big.

"But with all playing better and these two highest quality players on the pitch, we could change the game. That was fantastic, really good. They are best friends probably and they play together for Brazil too, which helps us.

"But, again, if they tried to do it alone... no chance. It's about fitting in the game, fitting in the team and obviously they are that good that they would fit in nearly each team. It's good to have them here."

 
 

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