Klopp hails ‘genius moment’ from Coutinho

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho scores during the Europa League match at Old Trafford
Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho scores during the Europa League match at Old Trafford

LIVERPOOL boss Jurgen Klopp hailed a “genius moment” from Philippe Coutinho which sent his side into the quarter finals of the Europa League.

The Reds secured their place as England’s sole representative in the last eight after holding Manchester United 1-1 at Old Trafford, as Tottenham failed to produce a comeback against Borussia Dortmund.

Klopp’s men were already in command of the last-16 tie following a 2-0 win in the first leg on Merseyside.

United gave their home fans hope of an unlikely recovery through a penalty from Anthony Martial on 32 minutes, only for Philippe Coutinho to net a superb equaliser just before half-time following a mazy run, which proved enough to see the Reds through.

“They got a penalty - it was a penalty - and Phil had a genius moment,” said the German.

“I love it two minutes before half-time because he twice reacted quicker than his opponent.

“It was the most unexpected that he could do in a situation like this.”

Klopp would love to face former club Borussia Dortmund in the competition, but hopes the two clubs are still kept apart in Friday’s quarter-final draw.

He said: “I have contacts with my Dortmund friends, they all would like to play against us - but in Basle (in the final).

“But you saw all the results, there are only good teams left in the race. It’s cool. Last eight? Perfect.”