I dedicate goals to Liverpool fans
Philippe Coutinho dedicated his match-winning double to Liverpool’s jubilant away supporters after ending his goal drought in style at Stamford Bridge.
The Brazilian playmaker hadn’t scored since the opening weekend of the season but he returned to form as the Reds rallied to secure an impressive 3-1 victory over Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea in the capital.
It was the first league win of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool reign and Coutinho was at the heart of the post-match celebrations in front of the 3,000-strong travelling Kop.
“I am so happy to score those goals,” Coutinho told the ECHO.
“It had been a long time since I last scored. I haven’t been playing so well but I knew I just had to keep working and things would change for me. That’s what I did.
“I kept going and I knew that good things would come. Hopefully I can go on to score many more goals. I’m most happy about the fact I was able to help the team to get the three points.
“The support we got from the fans throughout the game was amazing. They are always there supporting us and we wanted to give something back. My goals and this win is for them.”
Coutinho curled home a stunning equaliser just before half-time to cancel out Ramires’ early header.
In the second half Liverpool took control as they went on to secure their biggest win at Stamford Bridge since 1989.
Coutinho’s deflected shot made it 2-1 before substitute Christian Benteke wrapped up the points.
“We played a good game today and we’re proud of this victory,” Coutinho added.
“It was a very important win for us because it was against Chelsea, a big team. It will be important for our confidence going forward.
“It will help us going forward as we try to climb the table.”