Coutinho withdrawal inspired Foxes

first_imgLiverpool Coutinho substitution inspired Leicester to win over Liverpool, claims Shakespeare Matthew Scott Last updated 2 years ago 16:55 20/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Coutinho - cropped Getty Images Liverpool Leicester City v Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Leicester City League Cup The Foxes were boosted by the absence of the Brazilian playmaker and went on to win the game in the second half Leicester City boss Craig Shakespeare described his delight at seeing Liverpool withdraw Philippe Coutinho at half-time in Tuesday’s EFL Cup win over the Reds.Second-half goals from Shinji Okazaki and Islam Slimani at the King Power Stadium guided the Foxes into the fourth round at Liverpool’s expense.Leicester 16/1 to win League Cup Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Coutinho played from the start, following on from his first Premier League outing of the campaign against Burnley at the weekend, after an opening to the season that saw the Brazilian pursue a move to Barcelona and spend time sidelined by a back injury.Jurgen Klopp revealed after the match that his plan was always to withdraw Coutinho, but Shakespeare says emerging for the second half and not seeing the playmaker involved gave his side a welcome boost.”We led a charmed life in the first half,” he said.”We know that our goal was under threat. I was just delighted to get in at half-time and then even more delighted to see they took Coutinho off.”That was one of the main contributions to us for the second half.”A good performance.” @okazakiofficial was delighted to make an impact during #LeiLiv .Watch in full https://t.co/cIjjv4AqLO pic.twitter.com/SdXSWY54VH — Leicester City (@LCFC) September 19, 2017 “You worry about your own team’s performance and we asked them to be more aggressive in the second half. We needed better hold up play from the centre forwards in the second half.”We wanted to play on the front foot a bit more. Shinji got his chance due to an injury to Leonardo Ulloa, but I thought that was key moment for us as well.”You could see the response in terms of Shinji getting in and around people and it was a major factor in contributing to the win.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img