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Klopp backs 'world-class' Coutinho to step up

4 Apr 2017
Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool manager says influential Brazilian can fill in for injured Sadio Mane against AFC Bournemouth

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is confident Philippe Coutinho can help to negate the loss of Sadio Mane with a second world-class performance in the space of five days.

"Sadio’s absence provides an opportunity for others to step up and take the chance presented," said Klopp, who will be without Mane (knee), Adam Lallana (thigh) and Jordan Henderson (foot) against AFC Bournemouth this evening.

“There were great examples of this on Saturday – some outstanding performances. Philippe demonstrated his credentials as a player worthy of world-class status. And I’m not referring to the goal, which was a moment of beauty. I mean his all-round performance."

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