Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has offered an insight into the Reds’ training methods under Jurgen Klopp .
The Brazilian is currently sidelined until the New Year with an ankle ligament injury, but until that blow he had been one of the Premier League’s outstanding performers – a standout player in an impressive start to the season for the Reds.
Liverpool’s style under Klopp looks to be developing every week, and speaking in the January edition of FourFourTwo magazine, Coutinho spoke about the work which goes on at Melwood to help them to do that.
“We work really hard on our passing game, because our manager likes this type of playing style,” he said.
“Something we practise a lot is playing three short passes and then switching the play with a longer pass. We often repeat that routine.
“One of the reasons we do this is so that the forwards can try to escape their markers and then open up spaces on the pitch very quickly.”
Such drills had been on show during the club’s pre-season tour of the USA, and the results so far this season – Sunday’s aberration at Bournemouth notwithstanding – have been impressive to say the least.
Coutinho, the club’s player of the year in each of the last two seasons, has been one of the stars of the show, and says he has been playing with “happiness”.
“Confidence is a huge factor out on the pitch,” he said. “I think it comes through repeated quality training, which gives you belief in your ability as well as the confidence to transfer your work from the training ground onto the pitch.
“If we get only two or three chances in 90 minutes, you need to be confident that you will make the right decision in the final third and then put the ball in the back of the net.”
He added: “I don’t think there is a secret – you just have to practise making these decisions a lot.
“Attacking midfielders need to play with happiness. By that I mean dribbling at pace and making things happen. If you repeat that every day, then you will tap into the perfect mental state to be creative.”