Jurgen Klopp told Liverpool FC ‘lucky’ to have 25-year-old attacker
BBC Sport pundit Garth Crooks believes Liverpool FC are fortunate to have Philippe Coutinho in their ranks
Liverpool FC are lucky to have Philippe Coutinho, according to Garth Crooks.
The Brazil international has been linked with a potential move to Barcelona over the past six months or so.
Indeed, Barcelona were rumoured to have made a number of attempts to sign Coutinho but Liverpool FC refused to sell.
The 25-year-old returned to the Liverpool FC side in September to help Jurgen Klopp’s side thrill in the Premier League.
Indeed, the South American has netted 11 goals and has made seven assists in 14 starts in all competitions.
Coutinho scored a superb solo goal in Liverpool’s 4-0 win against Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium earlier this month.
The Brazilian continued his excellent form with the opening goal in Liverpool’s 3-3 draw with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium on Friday night.
Former Spurs forward Crooks believes Coutinho is rivalling Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva and Eden Hazard for player of the season.
“He is a genius as far as I am concerned, and Liverpool should think themselves very lucky to still have him,” Crooks told BBC Sport.
He added: “I have Coutinho neck and neck with De Bruyne, David Silva and Sergio Aguero for my player of the season.”
Coutinho scored 13 goals and made seven assists in 31 appearances in the Premier League last season to secure fourth spot.
The Brazilian midfielder moved to Liverpool FC from Serie A giants Inter Milan in the 2013 January transfer window.
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