There was loads of discuss Philippe Coutinho over the previous couple of months and particularly in the course of the summer season switch window.
The 25-year-old Brazilian didn’t let the extreme discuss his attainable transfer to Barcelona disrupt his psychological stability as he headed into the 2017/18 season in red-hot kind – as soon as once more proving he’s the last word chief of his Liverpool aspect.
Having arrived for paltry £eight.5 million from Inter Milan again in 2013, Coutinho has developed right into a world-class midfielder, establishing himself as one of many planet’s finest playmakers. It will possibly come as little shock to see a membership resembling Barcelona would come knocking on Liverpool’s door nevertheless it certainly can come as little shock to see a participant resembling Coutinho being tempted by a prospect of enjoying at Camp Nou.
Regardless of being one of the famend soccer golf equipment in England, Liverpool have been going by means of some tough occasions in recent times with persistent underachievement in race for main honours harming the stature of the Anfield large.
And with the likes of Leo Messi, Luis Suarez and (till lately) Neymar, Coutinho doesn’t deserve hate for contemplating a transfer away from Liverpool.
Barcelona would – as onerous as it’s for me as a Liverpool fan to confess it – be a terrific platform for Coutinho to proceed his growth and improve his performances to an excellent greater degree. The Catalan giants are broadly anticipated to return for the Brazilian in January and Liverpool must discover a solution to maintain on to their prized asset. No less than till the top of the season.
Liverpool followers also needs to give loads of credit score to their favorite star for not performing just like the likes of Alexis Sanchez or Virgil van Dijk – apparently turning their again on respective golf equipment – however as an alternative placing on the Pink shirt week in and week out and giving nothing however his best possible for the Reds.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 26, 2017
The Brazilian is enjoying on one other degree and his most up-to-date masterclass show towards Swansea is certain so as to add a extra tempting notice to that Barcelona hyperlink.
The Boxing Day fixture was a kind of a milestone for Coutinho who made his 200th look for Liverpool. And what higher solution to have a good time this cornerstone by placing in an outstanding efficiency capped by a spectacular aim.
As Jordan Ayew surrendered possession far too simply at a harmful place, Liverpool’s quick-feet trio took the stage with Roberto Firmino latching on a ball to produce Mohamed Salah. The on-fire Egyptian fed Coutinho with a pinpoint cross which Liverpool’s No.10 reworked into a beautiful curl which went over his markers Federico Fernandez, Roque Mesa and Kyle Naughton to finish up flying into the highest nook.
And what a aim to mark it… 🔥 pic.twitter.com/21ohrcKKlC
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) December 26, 2017
Coutinho couldn’t have imagined a greater solution to have a good time Christmas than together with his 12th aim of the season, 7th in December and 19th scored outdoors the penalty space since his Premier League debut in 2013.
This magical second supplied greater than only a aim, nevertheless.
It supplied proof that defensively fragile Liverpool will battle to discover a pressure so sturdy and influential when Coutinho leaves. Don’t doubt for a minute that Barcelona won’t succeed of their intention to seize maintain of the Brazilian magician.
Coutinho is at the moment a 4/6 bet to sign for Barcelona during the winter transfer market however these odds – as tempting as they might sound – won’t being worth with Liverpool decided to not promote their star participant in the course of the season.
Might Keita be the Key?
The Reds must discover a compromise and will promise Coutinho an open exit door on the finish of the season when RB Leipzig’s Naby Keita is anticipated to reach. A very completely different sort of a footballer to Philippe Coutinho, Keita may nonetheless very a lot have the identical affect on Liverpool’s play.
Keita – simply as Coutinho – is powerful on the ball and never simply dispossessed and, alternatively, offers a little bit of a defensive improve on the Brazilian. Keita’a skill to cease the opposing play and shit the main target instantaneously to assault is strictly what Liverpool want.
If we add a poor fan’s want Sergej Milinkovic-Savic as a towering presence on the centre of the park, Liverpool may actually get much more than what Philippe Coutinho is ready to present.
For now, although, we must always all benefit from the magical moments supplied to us courtesy of absolutely motivated and decided – smiling – Philippe Coutinho.