Philippe Coutinho has revealed that he defied medical advice to be involved in Liverpool's comeback win over Stoke on Saturday afternoon, after losing three kilograms in three days with illness in the buildup to the game.
The Brazilian came off the bench at half-time, injecting life into the Reds' performance and slamming home the equaliser before fellow substitute Roberto Firmino secured the three points against a stubborn Stoke side.
Speaking after the game, Coutinho admitted: “I wanted to be involved with the team. I want to keep going, to keep scoring and helping my team, and keep learning from my manager. This was a big win. There are a lot of points to fight for and every game for us is important.
“It wasn’t just about Roberto and me. The team played well [in the second half], we created more chances and then we scored the goals. I think the team played well, not just individuals.”
The goal moved the former Inter man past Juninho as the most prolific Brazilian goalscorer in the history of the Premier League with 30 goals in 132 appearances - although teammate Firmino is steaming up behind him with 20 strikes in just the 61 games since his 2015 move from Hoffenheim.
The win keeps the Reds in third place in the league, although Jurgen Klopp's men have played at least one game more than the sides around them - and three more than Arsenal ahead of the Gunners' Monday night game against Crystal Palace.
Chelsea and Tottenham look out of reach in the top two places, but every position from third to sixth remains up for grabs in an incredibly tight top four battle.
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