5 Sept 2015

Carra raves: £25m 'genius' is Liverpool's 'best player' by a 'long way'. Agree...?

Earlier this week, ex-Red Luis Suarez named Philippe Coutinho as his 'favourite player' in the Premier League, which, by extension, basically means that Suarez believes that the Brazilian is Liverpool's best player. Many fans will undoubtedly agree with the Uruguayan's assessment, including Reds legend Jamie Carragher, who insists that Coutinho is head and shoulders above any other player at Anfield.

Speaking to Sky Sports this week, Carra raved:

"It [Coutinho's suspension) is a massive blow - he's Liverpool's best player by a long way.

"He wasn't at his best [at West Ham] but every time the ball comes to him you think something could happen. He's going to be a massive miss".

Is £25m-rated Coutinho Liverpool's best player? Even with his inconsistency, Coutinho is right up there, but selecting the Brazilian is merely an indictment of the overall lack of attacking quality in Liverpool's squad.

Sturridge aside, who else is there in the current team capable of exciting the fans the same way Heighway, Dalglish, Fowler, Beardsley, Barnes, McManaman, Torres, and Suarez did in the past?

James Milner 'aint it, that's for sure.

On the subject of Suarez - back in August 2013, Kolo Toure dismissed suggestions that the £65m striker was Liverpool's best player, and - like Carra - he anointed Coutinho as the King of Anfield. The Ivorian explained:

"I had one session with him [Luis Suarez] and I was all over him. Coutinho is the best player here, I think. I call him ‘my player’. He’s going to be massive this year"

I have a feeling that if Kolo Toure actually played against Suarez in a competitive game then it would be the other way round: the Uruguayan would be 'all over' him.

That season, Suarez smashed in 44 goals/assists in 39 games, whilst Coutinho contributed 13 goals/assists in 39 apps. I think it's clear which player went on to be 'massive' that year (!)

Is Coutinho - a genius with the ball according to John Aldridge - 'Liverpool's best player by a long way'?

In my view, a fully-fit Daniel Sturridge is LFC's best attacking player. When he's firing on all cylinders, no one else in the Reds squad can touch him when it comes to consistency, and prolificity.

Sadly, though, Liverpool may already have seen the best of Sturridge.

Author: Jaimie K


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