Coutinho Relishing Liverpool’s ‘Positive Pressure’
Philippe Coutinho admits that Liverpool are under pressure to deliver a top 4 spot in this season’s Premier League, but insists that it is “good pressure” that he and his teammates are pleased to accept.
The Reds need to win their final 3 matches of the season to guarantee Champions League qualification, but the Brazilian says that his side are taking the pressure as a positive going into the final stretch.
“It’s fantastic. When you're fighting for these positions in the league, it is fantastic – much better than being at the bottom or middle of the table and fighting not to go down even further. It is a very healthy pressure.
All of us see this as a great opportunity for us, so this ends up giving us a feeling of positive pressure. We are all well aware of the work we need to do. As everyone knows, everything is in our hands now, so we need to search for the three points in each of our last three games.
“Liverpool is a huge, great club and it needs to be playing in these competitions. Liverpool deserves a steady place in the Champions League, so we are trying to improve this situation and keep ourselves there, make ourselves a regular in this competition again – and that’s what we’re aiming for.”
Liverpool play Southampton on Sunday and the Brazilian understands that they are in for a difficult game, “The team has worked very hard and worked very well this week,” he continued. “Everyone is focused on the next match.
“We are well aware we have three very, very big games left and we see this as a big opportunity for all of us, so for this reason the team will be focused from the very first minute. It will be a very, very difficult game, but we have the support of our fans because we will play at home.”