He was the Man of the Match at the bet365 Stadium on Saturday when Liverpool came from behind to beat Stoke City 2-1, but if he hadn’t insisted on following the team to the stadium, he would have watched the game from home.
I joined up in the morning of the game. They asked me to stay at home because I was not feeling well but I wanted to be here. I wanted to be involved with the team
Philippe Coutinho told reporters, revealing how he almost missed the match. The Brazilian not only followed the team, but he played in the second half, scored Liverpool’s first goal (Firmino scored the second), generally played a huge role in turning the game around for the ‘Reds’, and in the end he was named Man of the Match.
An added highlight of the day was that by scoring Liverpool’s first goal, he became the top Brazilian scorer in the Premier League’s history, leaving Juninho one goal behind.
I want to keep scoring and helping my team and keep learning from my manager. This was a big win. There are a lot of points to fight for and every game for us is important
Coutinho said, feeling much better than on Saturday morning.