Danny Murphy: How Liverpool star has improved under Jurgen Klopp
The former Liverpool midfielder hails Philippe Coutinho's progress at Anfield
Danny Murphy says Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho has improved his decision-making.
The Brazil international has started the 2016-17 Premier League season in scintillating fashion after a return of three goals and two assists in the Merseyside outfit’s opening eight top-flight games.
Coutinho netted his fourth goal of the campaign in the 35th minute of Liverpool’s 2-1 win against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday evening thanks to a close-range finish at Anfield.
The South American has scored 11 Premier League goals since Jurgen Klopp’s appointment as Brendan Rodgers’ replacement at the 18-time English champions in October 2015.
Former Liverpool midfielder Murphy hailed Coutinho’s marked improvement in recent months as the Brazilian helps Liverpool keep pace with their title rivals.
“Philippe Coutinho really is the jewel in the crown. What he is doing now is he is adding the end product,” Murphy told BBC One’s Match Of The Day.
“Four goals this season and he only got eight the whole of last season. He is playing with confidence and his decision making is much better than it has been before.”
Coutinho moved to Liverpool in an £8.5m deal from Serie A side Inter Milan in 2013 under Klopp’s predecessor.
The Reds midfielder is still waiting to win his first piece of silverware at the Merseyside club.
Klopp’s side will make the trip to London side Crystal Palace in their next Premier League game on Saturday 29 October.