Philippe Coutinho has scored more goals than any player in England from outside of the box since 2015.
Liverpool was 3-1 up on Saturday against Hull City, having just conceded from a corner, when Philippe Coutinho received the ball all of 27 yards from goal.
As the Brazilian shaped up to take the shot, I shouted aloud, “NO! Don’t shoot! Pass the-” My outburst was cut short as the net rippled as Liverpool’s number 10 pulled a rabbit out the hat yet again to put a stop to Hull’s comeback as quickly as it began.
It’s well known that Coutinho fancies a dig from distance and according to Squakwa, the former Inter Milan midfielder has scored 9 goals from 156 shots from outside the area since 2015.
However, according to a tweet from Star Football, Coutinho has bagged more goals from outside the box than any other player in England since 2015.
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— Star Sports Football (@StarFootball) September 25, 2016
Two of these long range efforts have come this season. The first being a superbly curling free kick against Arsenal and then his peach against Hull on the weekend.
If Coutinho wants to beat his best Premier League tally of 8 goals, he will need to become better at putting away close-range opportunities. You could argue he misses the easier chances and scores the more difficult ones. His hesitant swipe at the ball against Hull on Saturday is a perfect example of this.
Jurgen Klopp is loving having Coutinho in his team and spoke about the 24-year-old after the game against Hull.
“I’d like to take the credit for his shooting ability, but I’m not responsible for this. It’s very good,” Klopp said after the match, according to the Metro.
“All his goals he scored were because we created the spaces, not to force [him] to shoot like this. In this moment it was the perfect finish — the absolutely perfect finish for the situation.
“We played with all offensive players, today something like eight. We played freely and patient football – a lot of movements, a lot of good passing patterns which I saw,’ the German added.
“I was really pleased with all this.”
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