Liverpool coach defends Coutinho despite blatant offence against Tottenham

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Jurgen Klopp has defended Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho after he was booked for diving in the Reds’ Premier League match against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday.

The Merseyside giants took the lead when the Brazilian attacking midfielder—who was a key offensive threat throughout the encounter—beat Hugo Lloris in the 51st minute, but Harry Kane levelled the contest 12 minutes later to ensure the points were shared.

While Coutinho demonstrated his dribbling skills, his technical prowess and his passing ability, he was also caught out in the 24th minute when he was booked by referee Jonathan Moss after disgracefully attempting to dupe the official.

The South American knocked the ball past Toby Alderweireld, and after appearing to realise that he wouldn’t be able to catch it, he took himself to the ground.

Moss wasn’t having any of it, and showed the red-faced Coutinho the yellow card.

Klopp, however, was more forgiving, and spoke out in defence of the forward after the match.

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“I don’t want to answer this question,” the German coach told journalists, when asked about the incident, as reported by the Mirror. “I’m not long enough here to know what I can say. I have nothing to say.

“He’s in full sprint. You’re experienced enough to write what you saw.”

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