Liverpool star Roberto Firmino: ‘We changed how we played when Philippe Coutinho left’

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Liverpool star Roberto Firmino: ‘We changed how we played when Philippe Coutinho left’

Liverpool star Roberto Firmino has claimed that the team have changed the way in which they play following Philippe Coutinho’s departure.

The Brazilian was heavily pursued by Barcelona in the summer, but the Reds did not allow the playmaker to leave until the January transfer window.

Coutinho was widely regarded as Liverpool’s best player, but the team have barely missed him thanks to the goalscoring heroics of Firmino and Mohamed Salah.

The former has scored 23 goals in all competitions, the most recent of which came in the Reds’ 5-0 hammering over Watford at the weekend.

When asked about Coutinho’s departure during an interview with Goal.com, Firmino said: “We changed the way we played after his exit. Which team in the world would not like to have a player of the quality of Coutinho?

“But he continued his life at Barcelona and Liverpool remained strong, as we always were. I just worry about playing well and helping Liverpool go as far as possible in the Premier League.

“If that is achieved by me scoring goals, even better. Thank God, the goals are coming! Winning the title is difficult this season, so we will fight to secure a Champions League place again. That’s one of the goals.”

Coutinho has scored three times since his switch to the Camp Nou.