Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain saves Coutinho after question about Liverpool future

Jose Verdugo
Diciembre 18, 2017

Asked about the links with Barca after Liverpool's win at Bournemouth, Coutinho replied: 'I always say the same thing. He never scored more than two Premier League goals in a single season. It's not fair to ask those kinds of questions I don't think.

"He's a Liverpool player right now and he's doing really well for us", the England worldwide said.

Oxlade-Chamberlain told Sky Sports afterwards that "first and foremost" Liverpool "competed right from the start", admitting they knew they "had to do that" and that they "had to be 100 per-cent focused and switched on in defence".

"He's been top quality from the start, and every time he's on the pitch he does his all for the club".

"Phil's been the most professional player all season, he always gives his all, and that's all we can ask of him".

The Brazilian opened the scoring as the Reds beat the Cherries at the Vitality Stadium, with Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Dejan Lovren also on the scoresheet. Today, thank God, he was here and could play well, like all the others.

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"I think I've definitely improved on that and I think I'll keep improving with doing the things that he wants and keep practicing the way he wants to train".

"That's the most important thing".

Coutinho stumbled over his answer and Oxlade-Chamberlain stepped in the stand up for his teammate.

Liverpool's "Fab Four" - Coutinho, Salah and Firmino, and unused substitute Sadio Mané - have now contributed 50 goals in all competitions for the season after three of them were on the score-sheet on the South Coast.

After Manchester City had beaten Tottenham Hotspur 4-1 on Saturday night, Jurgen Klopp's men had a chance to go above the Lilywhites in the league table and got into their groove early on thanks to Coutinho's masterful goal.

"If we can keep doing that and keep getting good results, it keeps everyone fresh and competition for places high", the England worldwide said.

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