Lovren Hails ‘Amazing’ Coutinho
Liverpool defender Dejan Lovren has paid tribute to teammate Philippe Coutinho after his two goals helped Liverpool cruise to a 4-0 away victory over West Ham United at the London Stadium on Sunday.
Coutinho was a revelation in a slightly deeper midfield role and Croatian defender Lovren described the Brazilian as “the difference” on the day, “Our quality decided the game. Philippe was amazing today, he was the difference I would say.
“I said to him ‘soon you’ll be a defensive midfield player!’ and he was laughing. It says everything, he can play in every position, up front, in the middle, like a 10, he’s just brilliant.” Lovren said that the Irons failed to cope with Coutinho in the centre of the midfield.
“It was Definitely difficult for them because he took the ball deep and with his skills, his fast movements, it’s quite tough to stop him. You can just stop him with fouls!” the Croatian said.
“He was taking two players on straight away and then you had space for the long ball, for Sturridge, for Divock [Origi]. We did it brilliantly today.” Liverpool just need to beat relegated Middlesbrough at Anfield on Sunday to confirm a top four finish and Champions League qualification.