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Liverpool star calls for calm despite back-to-back Premier League defeats

Liverpool attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho has urged his teammates not to over-react following defeats in their last two Premier League games.

The Reds had made an encouraging start to the new season as they recorded back-to-back 1-0 victories over Stoke City and newly promoted AFC Bournemouth in their opening two games and then dominated large parts of a goalless draw against Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium in gameweek three.

However, the Merseyside outfit suffered a setback with a shock defeat at home to West Ham United before the international break and were disappointing during the 3-1 loss against bitter rivals Manchester United last Saturday evening.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has come under increased pressure from the club’s supporters in the immediate aftermath of the game at Old Trafford, but Coutinho insists there is no need to panic at such a early stage in the campaign:

“It is vital to stay calm, mainly because we are just at the beginning in all competitions,” the Reds no.10 told the club’s official website.

“We have a long season ahead and many things can happen. The Premier League is tough – all clubs have great teams – and we know twists and turns will happen.”

“We have to not only remain calm but also to work hard to achieve what we want on the pitch.”

“There are lessons to be learned so we can move on and avoid making the same mistakes. We have a great team here and we know we can improve – and that’s what we’re trying to do right now,” Coutinho stressed.

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The Brazilian was suspended for the game against the Red Devils and is likely to return to the side for their Europa League opener against Ligue 1 outfit Bordeaux on Thursday night.

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