Jamie Carragher: The Liverpool star who hold key to beating Arsenal
Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher says Philippe Coutinho needs to start producing match-winning displays against big teams on the road
Philippe Coutinho will need to produce a match-winning performance if Liverpool are to beat Arsenal at The Emirates on Monday night, according to Jamie Carragher.
The Reds make the trip to north London after successive Premier League victories over Stoke City and Bournemouth to secure maximum points at the start of the season.
He’s Liverpool’s best player at the moment and if you want to do well in the big games away from home you need your best players to perform so I think if Liverpool are going to get a result on Monday they really need Philippe Coutinho to perform
Coutinho has played a key role in both Premier League wins, and the Brazil international scored an 86th-minute winner to secure a 1-0 victory over Stoke earlier this month.
But former Liverpool defender Carragher wants to see Coutinho produce some dominant performances against the Premier League’s biggest sides on the road, starting with their clash at Arsenal.
“He is brilliant and he has carried on from last season. He was Liverpool’s player of the season last year and he scored a wonder goal at Stoke and was the best player on the pitch against Bournemouth,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“Probably the next step for Philippe Coutinho is to put in a few performances especially away from home against the really big teams.
“I think he’s good at home especially the last couple of years against Man City, you think of the wonder goals he’s scored in those games, he scored against Arsenal at home last season as well, but I think the next step for Coutinho is to start really producing in really big away games.
“He’s Liverpool’s best player at the moment and if you want to do well in the big games away from home you need your best players to perform so I think if Liverpool are going to get a result on Monday they really need Philippe Coutinho to perform.”
Coutinho has scored 17 times in 103 games in all competitions over the past two-and-a-half seasons since he moved to Liverpool.
The midfielder moved to Liverpool from Inter Milan in a £8.5m deal in 2013.