Every football club or team usually have a stand-out performer on which the team is reliant. Players like Lionel Messi, Christiano Ronaldo, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Alexis Sanchez and Edin Hazard are the spines of their respective team.
Liverpool are also not left out – the Reds team is built around Brazil international and ace midfield schemer Phillipe Coutinho. The 24-year old is on the radar of Spanish giants Barcelona, per reports, but it will create a deep in the team of Liverpool if they allow him leave.
The dribbler moved to Anfield in the January of 2013 after a successful loan spell with Espanyol from Inter Milan. He struggled to impose himself as a first team player that season but he became an integral part of Brendan Rodger’s squad afterwards.
Coutinho is an archetypal Brazilian no. 10, who plays with so much finesse and has the ability to hold on to the ball, not restricting his prowess to dissecting defenses with his passes – a lot of pundits reckons that his style of play would make him fit into La Liga but Liverpool cannot afford to lose their best player as they are yet to recover from the sale of Suarez.
Although, Liverpool have played a game more, they sit four points above Manchester United on the Premier League log, with Champions League qualification looking very possible. Coutinho has had some injuries this term but he’s started in 20 League games for the Reds, scoring six goals and providing five assist for his team mates.
It takes time for players to adapt to the English League. Liverpool should do everything withing their power to keep Coutinho as he is the pivot of the team.