Jurgen Klopp: Liverpool did really well after Philippe Coutinho's exit

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admitted he was a bit surprised with how his side have performed since the departure of 'world class' Philippe Coutinho.

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Coutinho will come up against his former employers for the first time since leaving the Reds in 2018 in a deal worth £146 million.

Since the Brazilians' departure, the Premier League outfit have gone from strength to strength, as they sit second in the league with two games to go and are two games away from reaching the Champions League final.

"Yes we miss Coutinho, a lot, because he is a world-class player and I loved working with him," Klopp said, according to Sky Sports,

"But we had to deal without him and we really did well.

"When I first heard he wanted to go to Barcelona, I didn't imagine we could be that good [without him]. But we did, it was all good for both sides."

The Catalan giants host Liverpool in the first leg of their semi-final this evening, with kick-off set for 21h00.