The fact we can agree with the idea that we aren’t entirely dependant on certain players at the club recognises just how strong this squad is.
Philippe Coutinho’s lengthy injury layoff triggered concern amongst fans, as did Sadio Mane’s departure for the African Cup of Nations, yet we have seen enough from this team to suggest it was capable of coping without them.
Only an incredibly quick turnaround between games and a busy schedule hampered the chances of Jurgen Klopp’s men proving this.
Goalkeeper Simon Mignolet is delighted by the return of Coutinho but has reiterated how it is all about the team.
He told Liverpoolfc.com: “Everybody knows what Philippe can add to the team with his individual quality, his creativity and ability to make things happen.”
“But I think this year especially we have got a team and it’s not about individuals but as a unit.”
“I think everybody can make a difference and everybody works hard to create chances but also to defend and that’s very important if you want to be successful.”
“Sadio is a really good player but like I said we are not depending on any individuals. We have got a very good squad, a unit of very good players who can play together.”
“If somebody is injured or suspended there’s always somebody else ready to help the team out.”
Coutinho’s return will reintroduce the spark to this team’s attacking play and pose as a mental boost for his teammates heading into an important game against Manchester United.
Any pressure put on the Brazilian to perform well following his recovery is pressure that the entire team must also deal with. The share of the goals amongst several players, the hunting down defenders in pairs and the collective effort when it comes to our attacking style backs up Mignolet’s idea of it being a ‘team effort’.
As good as Coutinho is, he isn’t the only player that needs to be performing at a high level. Nevertheless, it’s great to have him back.