Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho retains top-four hopes

Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho

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Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho says that his side still have a good chance of securing a top-four finish in the Premier League this season, despite a damaging defeat at Manchester United last time out.

The 2-1 loss at Old Trafford left the Reds five points adrift of the top four with eight games to play, but Brazilian Coutinho is refusing to give up on the possibility of a return to the Champions League next season.

He told the Evening Standard: “Unfortunately we lost an important game against Manchester United, but there are many matches left and they will still have to play other clubs at the top of the table. We still have a big chance of finishing in the top four.”

One of those meetings with other clubs involved in the battle comes a week on Saturday when Liverpool head to the Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal, who are currently third in the standings and six points better off than their opponents.

The Merseysiders are 4.18 to take all three points at the Emirates, with the draw 3.41 and an Arsenal victory 1.86.

Meanwhile, Coutinho’s team-mate Emre Can believes that things can only get better at Anfield, as a youthful squad starts to mature in the future.

The versatile former Bayer Leverkusen man added: “I definitely feel we’re at the start of a new era. It’s a very, very young team with Phillippe Coutinho, Jordan Henderson and Lazar Markovic.

“But I think the team needs to keep improving and continue doing what we’re doing at the moment to get to these years. But I believe there are good years ahead.”

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