Phillipe Coutinho defied the club doctor's orders and took his rightful place on the substitute's bench and went ahead to score at Stoke on Saturday's game. 
The Liverpool playermaker came off the bench to score the much needed equalising goal for his side, preventing his team from going behind to win 2:1.
This was his 30th top-flight goal putting him one clear of former Middlesbrough attacker Juninho.
His team-mateam,  Roberto Firmino – who scored a brilliant winner at the bet365 Stadium – is only 10 behind after 61 games compared to his countryman's 131 but Coutinho intends to add more goals - having already equalled his best Premier League season tally of nine with seven games still to go.
“I am happy for that. I want to keep going to keep scoring and helping my team and keep learning from my manager,” said Coutinho, who only joined up with the mates on the morning of the game after losing three kilograms in three days because of illness.
“They (the club) asked me to stay at home because I was not feeling well but I wanted to be here.
“I wanted to be involved with the team. The manager decided (to put him on the bench) because I was not 100 per cent.”
The Brazil pair introduction totally transformed the game but Coutinho refused to take all the praises. 
“No. The team played well, created more chances and then we scored but I think the team played well not just individuals,” he added after the victory which kept them in third place and put the pressure on Arsenal, in fifth and nine points behind with three matches in hand.
“Of course. It was a big win. There are a lot of points to fight for and every game for us is important.”


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