The diminutive playmaker has been a shadow of himself since returning from a two-month lay-off back in January – but could a tactical tweak reinvigorate him?
- 14:57, 29 MAR 2017
- Updated18:39, 29 MAR 2017l
The diminutive playmaker was in sparkling form for a free-scoring Reds side that was staking their claims for a serious and sustained push at the Premier League title back in the Autumn.
The Brazil international had scored five goals for Jurgen Klopp’s side and was turning in impressive displays on a weekly basis as the Reds surged towards the top of the league, before he succumbed to ankle injury in the 2-0 win over Sunderland on November 26 .
He eventually made his return to action in tentative style in the 1-0 defeat away to Southampton in the EFL Cup semi-final first leg, and Coutinho has largely struggled to regain his blistering early-season form since.
Talk of the attacking midfielder moving into the “world-class” bracket has cooled considerably, and while his form has been far from disastrous, Liverpool do lack a cutting edge when Coutinho’s talents are blunted somewhat.
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