Who is Liverpool’s best player?

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Sadio Mane of Liverpool and Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool look on during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Leicester City at Anfield on September 10, 2016 in Liverpool, England.
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Matthew Johnson discusses who is Liverpool’s best player. 

Philippe Coutinho? Roberto Firmino? Daniel Sturridge? There have been many debates recently between Liverpool fans on who is the best player for Liverpool Football Club, which is quite a good debate to be honest; it shows the club has more than just one ‘star’ player. But who really is the best player?

Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool’s ‘magician’ as the fans like to call him, has very much taken a huge stride in his worth as a footballer recently; ending the 2014/15 season in the PFA team of the year and winning the club’s player of the year twice in a row.

The Brazilian has often been described as Liverpool’s main man in the last two years. He has the ability to take on players with his fancy footwork, feed forwards in behind defences and score important goals.

However, he is very inconsistent hence why certain fans don’t necessarily see him as the best player at the club. Coutinho is seen as a frustrating player sometimes, although everyone knows what he can do on the football pitch, and to see him go from producing magic to looking a totally different, non-effective player is hard to understand for the Liverpool fans sometimes.

Some of the inconsistency is not always down to himself, but other players at the club. He has often had to try form partnerships with attackers (Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and most recently Christian Benteke) who didn’t fit the ‘Liverpool way of playing’ and didn’t allow the Brazilian to put the ball in behind defences for these players to run onto.

Coutinho is more suited to quick strikers who are willing and have the traits to run in behind the line of defence; he has played with the likes of Raheem Sterling & Divock Origi in the last 2 seasons, however these players are/have been inconsistent for the club also. Not to mention Daniel Sturridge, but his injury record in this time speaks for itself.

Daniel Sturridge would have been spoken about as one of the best strikers in the Premier League had he not spent the last 2 seasons in and in the treatment room for long periods. A big part of Liverpool’s title challenge in the 2013/14 season with 25 goals, however it started to go all wrong for the number 15 at the start of 2014/15 where a variety of injury issues arose and limited the striker to pick up a good run of games.

With Liverpool’s best goal per game ratio (which is some achievement considering!), Daniel Sturridge has everything a top striker requires: pace, strength, movement and finishing abilities. His issue is he can’t stay fit for a long period of the season. No question about his footballing talents, if the English international stays fit and healthy under Jurgen Klopp there is no doubt he will score a lot of goals for Liverpool in the coming years.

Roberto Firmino, a rising star in the last 12 months has become a huge fan favourite at Anfield. First arriving at Liverpool from Germany, people questioned whether he was up to the standard of the Premier League.

However, sinceJurgen Klopp took over in October 2015 the Brazilian has stepped up, taken responsibility and hasn’t looked back since. He has been directly involved in 18 goals in 35 Premier League games for the club with 11 goals and 7 assists.

The former Hoffenheim player has not been at the club as long as Philippe Coutinho, however, he has the same main fault in his game, consistency. The Brazilian international can be seen to lose possession too frequently and not perform consistently on a weekly basis. He has started off the 2016/17 very efficiently though and has seemed to have found a good understanding between newly signed Saido Mane.

Who actually is Liverpool’s best player is a matter of opinion. For some fans it might not even be any of the three that have been analysed. However, what this article does show is that despite who’s the best player, it would be very entertaining for Liverpool fans if Firmino, Coutinho, Sturridge (not forgetting Mane) were able to consistently perform together, upping the chances of the club finishing in the Champions League, where we belong.

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