Klopp: Coutinho is trying too hard and needs to relax

The Liverpool boss feels that his star attacker is attempting to force things in matches and needs to let his natural talent come through to succeed

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has urged Philippe Coutinho to stop trying so hard as the club struggles to find consistent form.

The Reds have not won a Premier League game since the start of 2017, while Coutinho has not scored since November.

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Klopp has backed the Brazil international to turn things around, and says that he is now telling him to relax more during games.

“Yes, we try everything,” Klopp told the Liverpool Echo.

“Phil is the type of guy who takes everything in games. It’s not been easy for him. He takes all the responsibility in the world.”

Klopp has been impressed with Coutinho’s impact in training, but believes he is still trying to overdo things when he gets on the pitch.

Despite the 24-year-old trying too much in matches, the former Borussia Dortmund boss believes his form in training is more indicative of his ability.

“Yeah, that’s him,” Klopp responded when asked does Coutinho try too hard. 

“He has had a very good week in training. We have seen some very good signs from him.”

Klopp has also praised Sadio Mane’s efforts on the training ground this week, stating that he needs time to settle back in after returning from the Africa Cup of Nations.

Mane helped Senegal to the quarter-finals of the competition, but was less than impressive in his first start this year as Liverpool lost 2-0 to Hull City.

“It was the same thing with Sadio coming back from Africa,” the German said.

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“You saw the first half, you saw the second half and you think: ‘Okay, that is not how he usually is.’

“You cannot know before. You have to take it. But he is another one who has had a really good week in training. That’s how it is.”

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