Klopp says players have stepped up

02 March 2018 12:03:50 EST

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says that his players have responded well following the departure of Philippe Coutinho.

The Brazilian left Anfield for Barcelona in January but, despite trying desperately to hang on to the player, Klopp says the rest of the squad have stepped up and kept the side's impressive run going.

People think if one player is missing the whole building is going to fall down. I don't believe in this.

Jurgen Klopp

They have lost just once in the league since October and victory at home to Newcastle on Saturday will take them second in the Premier League table.

At a press conference ahead of the game against Newcastle, Klopp said: "Philippe Coutinho was a very, very dominant player in our game. When we were not at our best it was often a good idea to give him the ball.

"I'm not sure if that is good or not. It was always like this when Phil didn't play, we had to do the job differently. To give the responsibility on different shoulders and split it between the players.

"Now it's been a few weeks I am happy by the reaction of the boys. They have stepped up. People think if one player is missing the whole building is going to fall down. I don't believe in this."

Liverpool are 1/5 to win on Saturday with United, managed by Rafael Benitez against his old club 15/1 and the draw is priced at 13/2.

Klopp's side are in action in midweek when they play FC Porto in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16 tie.

Liverpool won the first leg 5-0 so, almost through to the quarter-finals, they are 5/4 to win the competition at the end of the season.

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