Liverpool have got off to a tremendous start this season under the tutelage of Jurgen Klopp. The enigmatic German, has taken Liverpool to Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham, returning to Anfield with seven points. Followed by a devastating 4-1 win and 5-1 over Leicester and Hull respectively, has put them right into contention for a top four finish. Possibly even a Premier League title. The only downside? A 2-0 loss away at Burnley.
Going forward, the Red’s do to some degree, rely upon the mercurial talents of Phillipe Coutinho. The Brazilian has been brilliant this season scoring four goals in all competitions so far. Liverpool fans are even talking about him in the same regard as Steven Gerrard. His long range striking has what has really earnt him this accolade. His free-kick against Arsenal certainly was hit with such great technique, that even the Liverpool legend would have been pleased with it.
The Brazilian completely controls the tempo of play. He connects the forwards to the midfield and slots in to all the spaces in the middle of the park. Without him playing, or playing well, Liverpool lack a real connection between defence and attack.
With four goals this season, importantly for the Reds, Coutinho is starting to become one of their main goal scorers. Since his move from Inter Milan his stats have improved every year. Three, five, eight and twelve. It’s clear to see that Klopp has also been pushing the Brazilian to shoot when he gets the chance, with a Premier League-high 16 shots already this season.
Great partnership with Firmino and Mane
Although it is still early days. Coutinho looks to have formed a deadly partnership with fellow Brazilian Roberto Firmino and newcomer Saido Mane. His link up play with Firmino in particular has been spectacular. It hasn’t gone un noticed by his manager either, with Klopp heaping praise on the midfielder and his relationship with Firmino after the Arsenal game on the opening day.
In terms of general play, it is hard to see what more Coutinho can do. He creates lots of chances, gets assists and has begun scoring goals. It is hard to find a weakness in his game. What will be most pleasing for Klopp is that Coutinho fits into his style of play. His work ethic has been brilliant and he has been an example from the front. Liverpool will do well to keep him at this rate with betting tips being given about his odds on leaving!
Keep him fit
The only negative which perhaps surrounds the Liverpool number 10 is his injury record. Let’s hope Liverpool have his legs insured. If he manages to stay fit and improve his consistency, then surely the top four is coming Liverpool’s way.
He must also learn to cope with the pressure of being the Red’s most important player. Like Gerrard he has a weight on his shoulders. He has to produce every game, however, if the form of his team mates continues then the Reds have a great this season.