KOE­MAN SHOCK AT EVER­TON AXE

Sunday Mirror - - PUZ­ZLES - BY TOM HOP­KIN­SON at the AMEX STA­DIUM CHAR­ITY WORK:

JU­R­GEN KLOPP hailed the clever qual­i­ties of Philippe Coutinho — and Liver­pool’s op­po­si­tion scouts — af­ter his side bat­tered Brighton.

Coutinho cre­ated three goals, had a hand in another and also scored with a cheeky free-kick that he hit un­der Brighton’s jump­ing wall from just out­side the area.

“The free-kick was good and credit to the an­a­lysts,” said Klopp whose men have now won five of their last six league games.

“They saw some­thing like this in the video meet­ing and they said use it or don’t use it.

“But you need to have tech­nique. It looks like we are fly­ing, but it’s not like that, we have to work re­ally hard.”

Brighton boss Chris Hughton said: “You make a de­ci­sion — you stand still, stand on your toes or jump.

“The mo­ment you don’t jump Coutinho whips one into the top cor­ner.”

Hughton crit­i­cised his side’s dis­play but added: “They’re the best team we have played this sea­son.

Sam Al­lardyce saw new club Ever­ton pro­pelled into the top half of the ta­ble with a 2-0 win against Hud­der­s­field and in­sisted: “The fans, staff and own­ers can breathe a lit­tle eas­ier.”

He also told the Tof­fees fans who doubted his ap­point­ment that he will prove them wrong.

Big Sam added: on­wards and up­wards.” “It’s the re­sults are be­low all ex­pec­ta­tions, you know as a man­ager that peo­ple can make de­ci­sions about you.

“And yet, it still hit me like a bolt out the blue.

“I had started some­thing at Ever­ton and I re­ally wanted to fin­ish it in a good way. This is why my dis­ap­point­ment is big­ger than ever be­fore.

“I have to be re­al­is­tic and I am not moan­ing about it.”

Koe­man, linked with the Le­ices­ter, West Brom and West Ham va­can­cies, added: “I need to put those feel­ings of dis­ap­point­ment away first.

“This is the rea­son why I’ve not taken any of the of­fers – the of­fers were there im­me­di­ately af­ter leav­ing Ever­ton.

“I had a few of­fers from the Premier League and a few more else­where in Europe.

Koe­man, 54, feels he still has un­fin­ished busi­ness with the Premier League and has de­cided against sell­ing his house in Eng­land. He has been coach­ing chil­dren in South Africa’s town­ships in his role with the Jo­han Cruyff Foun­da­tion.

In his first ma­jor in­ter­view since leav­ing Ever­ton, Koe­man pre­dicts the Premier League sack­ings will con­tinue.

He said: “The mas­sive amount of sack­ings of man­agers in the Premier League over the last few years un­der­lines that it is not al­ways a glam­orous job.

“And I tell you, that the end of the sack­ings is not there yet this sea­son.

“From one day to another it was over for me. That is how it felt.

“Now I need to ad­dress what went right and wrong at Ever­ton.

“I need a lit­tle dis­tance to an­a­lyse things prop­erly. It is also the rea­son why I won’t go into de­tail about leav­ing the club right now.”

HIGH FLIER: Ju­r­gen Klopp WON­DER WALL Liver­pool cel­e­brate af­ter Coutinho whipped his free-kick home un­der the Brighton wall

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