7 Apr 2016

'Great Player': Coutinho raves over 'amazing' €40m attacker who 'scores a lot' of goals

On Wednesday, Liverpool attacker Philippe Coutinho (deservedly) collected the 'Player of the Month' award for March, succeeding Roberto Firmino, who received the award in February. Coutinho is now into double-figures for goals this season, and when asked about his award, the Brazilian reserved special praise for 'amazing' Firmino, who is having a fairly productive debut season.

Speaking to LFC.com on Wednesday, Coutinho raved:

"Firmino is a great player [and] it easy to play beside him. He is a strong player who scores a lot, so he is a very important player for our team".

How do Coutinho and €40m-rated Firmino compare this season?

* Coutinho: 15 goals/assists in 33 apps (One every 167 mins).

* Chances Created: 66 (One every 38 mins)

* Firmino: 18 goals/assists in 38 apps (One every 143 mins).

* Chances Created: 65 (One every 39 mins).

In terms of creative output, there's not much difference between the two this season, but both are (arguably) underperforming in the goals/assists, and chance-creation departments, and this something of which Coutinho is acutely aware:

"In the position I play, I have to create chances, score and that is something I have to improve. I know I have to improve it. It is something I search for. I hope I am getting better at it and that I am helping my teammates".

Like most Liverpool fans, I love watching Coutinho play, and it'll be interesting to see if he can have a game-changing impact on the Dortmund game. In Firmino's (probable) absence, the onus will be on senior players like Coutinho, Lallana, Milner, and Henderson to step-up and make the difference.

Author: Jaimie K


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