South American must add goals to his game, however…
Terry McDermott, Liverpool’s brilliant former midfielder, reckons that Brazilian playmaker Coutinho has all the tools to become a truly wonderful footballer, the official website reports.
The 22-year-old is now a fixture in the side having failed to implement himself early on this campaign, although to be fair, the rest of the squad badly struggled, too. Now though, he’s beginning to prove his worth, and despite a lack of goals and assists, he won our Player of the Month award for both November and December.
McDermott though thinks his talent is phenomenal, but reckons he must seriously improve on then 10 goals he’s scored since joining Liverpool back in January 2013…
“He is improving. He can do everything. The one thing lacking is goals – he needs to score more goals,” McDermott told Anfield 360 – Added Time.
“But apart from that, he’s got everything. He’s got an engine, he’s quick and he goes past people. He can only get better and I think he will get better.
“He is only 22 and he will get better. If he does, you’ve got a real player on your hands. He is going to be an outstanding player for many years for Liverpool.”
When Coutinho is on song, he’s simply unplayable, and there’s been points this season where he’s simply been a privilege to watch. McDermott’s right though, and if he added consistent end-product to his creative flair, we’d be talking about one of Europe’s best playmakers.
McDermott made 232 league appearances for Liverpool between 1974 and 1982, bagging 54 top flight goals. He won five titles and three European Cups, and if Coutinho can have even an iota of the success the legendary Englishman did, he’ll be able to consider his Anfield career a success.