KOEMAN SHOCK AT EVERTON AXE
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