Klopp lauds ‘genius’ Liverpool talent after controversial showing in Tottenham draw

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Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has been praised by his coach Jurgen Klopp for his part in the Reds’ 1-1 draw with Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

The Merseyside giants took the lead through Coutinho, who beat Hugo Lloris after a spell of pressure from the home side in the 51st minute.

However, Spurs responded through Harry Kane, who levelled the scores in the 63rd minute after finishing past Simon Mignolet after being found by Christian Eriksen.

The visitors arguably enjoyed the best of the action during the final half an hour of the contest, but were unable to find a winner, meaning they remain four points behind EPL leaders Leicester City, who have played a game less than the Lilywhites.

It wasn’t a blemish-free showing for Coutinho, who received a 24th-minute booking for simulation following a blatant dive after he egregiously attempted to dupe the referee.

Praising the Brazil international after the match, Klopp appeared unconcerned by Coutinho’s dive, and instead opted to focus on the forward’s mesmerising attacking contribution.

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“Coutinho is a genius of a player but I don’t like how you pick players out. It is a team game,” Klopp told journalists after the match, as per the Mirror.

“I saw a lot of good things today for our future. But we also showed part of our problem. We will find solution to our problems 100 per cent, but it’s a wait.”

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