Liverpool FC's manager used Google to pick his captain for a crucial Champions League match

Jurgen Klopp
Jürgen Klopp and Philippe


  • Jürgen Klopp looked online to see which LFC player had
    been there longest.
  • It was Philippe Coutinho, whom he made captain
    against Spartak Moscow.
  • It looks like a good call,

    Coutinho scored an incredible
    hat-trick which contributed to a 7-0 victory.

Liverpool FC manager Jürgen Klopp said that used Google to work
out who should wear the captain’s armband during the club’s match
against Spartak Moscow on Wednesday.

Klopp used the search engine to check who was the club’s
longest-reigning player, discovered it was midfield playmaker
Philippe Coutinho, and picked the Brazilian as his captain.

“He was the longest servant on the pitch tonight in the line-up,
it was clear that he was the captain,” Klopp told ITV after the
game. “He’s here since 2013, I had to Google it, to be honest.”

Klopp’s decision to pick Coutinho as skipper was vindicated in
the fourth minute as the 25-year-old calmly converted a penalty
kick, after Mohamed Salah was fouled.

Ten minutes later, Coutinho got his second goal after some
one-touch attacking football provided the midfielder with a
straight-forward finish from close range. Coutinho added a third,
via a deflection, in the second half.

Roberto Firmino and Salah also scored but the pick of the bunch
arrived in the second half when Sadio Mane buried the ball into
the top corner with an exquisite, highlight-reel, volley. Salah
later scored a second.

You can see all seven goals, including Coutinho’s
hat-trick and Salah’s sensational volley, here:

Liverpool’s 7-0 romp capped an incredible group stage record as
the club topped Group E with three wins and three draws.

As group winners, it will face a side who finished as an unseeded
runner-up when the draw for the Champions League knockout round
is announced on December 11.



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