Following back-to-back defeats in the Premier League, Philippe Coutinho has called for calm ahead of Thursday night’s Europa League fixture against Bordeaux.

Coutinho has been the standout player for Liverpool FC this season, carrying on the form from last season that saw him earn a place in PFA Team of the Year. However, Coutinho’s near-perfect season so far was marred by a red-card in the 3-0 defeat against West Ham that also saw him miss the 3-1 loss to Manchester United.

Coutinho calls for calm

As the alarm bells ring at Anfield, Coutinho is leading the voices asking for calm as the Reds make the short trip to the French town of Bordeaux to play their opening Europa League tie.

The Brazilian is quoted by Sky Sports as saying: “It is vital to stay calm, mainly because we are just at the beginning in all competitions.

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“We have a long season ahead and many things can happen. The Premier League is tough – all clubs have great teams – and we know twists and turns will happen.”

Coutinho motivated to improve results

Urging his team mates to ignore the pressure being put from the outside, the Brazil star urged everyone to look forward and get things right on the pitch.

“We have to look ahead now and get over the two recent games we lost,” he added. “After two consecutive defeats, we’re conscious there’s going to be more pressure from the outside.

“But we have to do things right on the pitch so we can achieve good results and Bordeaux is a very important game as it’s our first in the Europa League.”