Coutinho yet again showed the world how brilliant he can be on his day on Sunday, firing in a wonderful brace to help Liverpool beat Arsenal 4-3 at the Emirates.
His 30-yard free-kick nestled into the top corner of Petr Cech’s goal to level us up at half-time, before his flick created space for Wijnaldum to assist Lallana to put us 2-1 up. He then scored the third and should have had a hat-trick before the hour mark – earning the Man of the Match award in the process.
The Brazilian notched 12 goals in total last season, his most ever – but having bagged a brace on opening day – the 24-year-old wants to improve on that tally.
“Yes, I think I can score more this season,” Coutinho told the Liverpool Echo. “I always said that the one thing I really needed to improve was to score more goals.
“I did that last season and now I want to keep on improving. The most important thing is the group. But the more goals I score, the more I can help the team.
“I am happy not only because I scored two goals but because the team played well and we got the three points we wanted.
“We feel good. It was a tough game but we played really well in the second half. It’s the first step for us. To win away at one of our rivals will be good for our confidence.”
Considering Coutinho was injured for significant periods of last season and actually only played 26 Premier League matches, he should easily pass 12 goals.
His technical skills, long shot and ability to get into the box late suggest he can get near 20 – which for an attacking midfielder – is world-class standard.
Based on yesterday’s performance, Coutinho could soon be entering that bracket – so it’s imperative we renew his contract and get him tied to the club for a further five years. This will mean even if Barcelona do eventually come calling, they’ll have to break the world record to secure him.