Jamie Carragher picks Liverpool man as his player of the year

Jamie Carragher explains why Philippe Coutinho has been his player of the year in the Premier League

Jamie Carragher believes that Philippe Coutinho has been the Premier League’s standout player in 2016.

The Brazilian playmaker has earned plenty of new admirers since his arrival in the Premier League from Inter Milan in January 2013.

Coutinho has proved himself to be a key cog in the Liverpool side in recent seasons and had been a regular fixture in the Reds team before he suffered an ankle injury.

The 24-year-old has scored five goals and made five assists in 13 Premier League games so far for Liverpool this season and is due to make his return from injury in the coming weeks.

And Liverpool legend Carragher has overlooked the likes of Jamie Vardy and Riyah Mahrez, instead picking Coutinho as his player of the year.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Carragher said: “I think over the calendar year Philippe Coutinho has been the standout performer.

“There are lots of people in with a shout, like Mahrez and Vardy. At the start, they were outstanding and took Leicester to the title.

“Kevin De Bruyne at times has shown glimpses of the player we think he can go on to be, and Eden Hazard at the back end of the year has shown what he was a couple of years ago when he was the PFA Players’ Player of the Year.

“He’s been injured for a couple of weeks recently, but I think for the full year you have to give it to Coutinho.”

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Liverpool return to Premier League action when they host Stoke City at Anfield on 27 December.

The Reds are currently second in the table and six points behind leaders Chelsea after 17 games.

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