Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has praised Philippe Coutinho's performance in Saturday's 3-1 win against Everton on Saturday, and admitted that the Brazilian was not happy to be withdrawn in the second half.
Coutinho scored Liverpool's second goal with an excellent curled shot, before setting up Divock Origi for his side's third goal.
Klopp was clearly delighted with the display of the midfielder, and had to defend himself for substituting him.
"We spoke a lot about the national team and said it’s not so cool that they had to leave wherever to go wherever," he told Liverpool's official website. "But obviously I have to say thank you to the whole staff of the Brazil national team because they gave us both boys back in a fantastic mood.
"It was a world-class goal, another fantastic finish and he made the pass for Div’s goal. He had a really, really good game; really good for us and he was not happy when I took him off.
"I like his desire, but I thought in this game it makes sense that when you’ve already lost one offensive player, you save another one a little bit."
Coutinho's form had come into question prior to the derby, but he was seemingly back at his best as he helped Liverpool establish themselves in the top four. Klopp's side are now third, although Manchester City could move above them if they beat Arsenal on Sunday.
The 24-year-old has scored eight goals in 28 appearances in all competitions so far this season.