Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has made the surprise admission that he used Google to help him decide on who should be his captain against Spartak Moscow.
Regular club captain Jordan Henderson was named on the bench for the Champions League clash, leading Klopp with a decision to make on who should take the armband in his place.
Speaking to ITV about the decision afterwards, Klopp was eager to avoid any talk of transfer speculation involving the Brazilian, and let slip his use of Google in helping him work out who his longest serving player was.
This led him to picking Coutinho, who has been at Anfield since 2013, and the German was full of praise for his stand-in skipper.
‘We played outstanding good football without Philippe, to be honest, and I love this player, really,’ he said.
Jurgen Klopp used Google to select his @LFC captain tonight ?
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‘As a team, you cannot depend on one player. If he’s out then you don’t know what to do.
‘I’ve got nothing to say about that (transfer speculation) but he was really good tonight.
‘He was the longest servant on the pitch tonight in the line-up, it was clear that he was the captain. He’s here since 2013, I had to Google it, to be honest. Yeah, Philippe is captain.’
Coutinho rewarded his manager’s decision by scoring a superb hat-trick in a 7-0 victory that sent Liverpool cruising through to the last 16 of the Champions League.