Jürgen Klopp hopes Philippe Coutinho embraces Anfield a little longer | Sachin Nakrani

The Liverpool manager knows he has to keep Barcelona at bay if he is to retain his deft, dazzling star who was at his mesmeric best against West Ham

As Philippe Coutinho departed from the pitch on a warm afternoon in east London, his 89th?minute substitution met by raucous applause by who filledthose in the away end, he was embraced by Jürgen Klopp. Nothing surprising there given the frequency with which the Liverpool manger hugs his players but this one felt a little different: tighter, longer, stronger. A thank you in physical form and, perhaps even, the warmest of pleas to the Brazilian to stay exactly where he is.

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