Former Liverpool midfielder Luis Garcia has given his take on Philippe Coutinho’s season, stating that he would love to see the Brazilian play in next season’s UEFA Champion’s League.
It’s fair to say that Coutinho had what many would describe as a ‘stop-and-go’ 2016/17 campaign. The Reds’ playmaker enjoyed a superb start to the season, putting in excellent displays backed by six goals and five assists in all competitions for his side.
Towards the midway point of the season, though, the Brazilian suffered an injury setback that kept him out for over four weeks. Either way, Coutinho’s return from the sidelines was crucial to Liverpool’s season as he further contributed eight Premier League goals to help Jürgen Klopp’s men finish in fourth place while ending the season as his side’s top goalscorer.
All eyes are fixed on the future now and despite multiple rumours pointing to a move to Spanish giants FC Barcelona, a former Reds man in Luis Garcia – still a fan of the club himself – is looking forward to seeing Coutinho weave his magic in the Champions League with Liverpool.
Speaking to the club’s official website, Garcia said of Coutinho, “He was very good at the beginning of the season and after a couple of injuries, we missed him very much.
“He arrived fresh at the end and showed what he is capable of – amazing goals, tricks, flicks, every kind of fantastic play, giving the team the extra that is needed against difficult teams who play compact at the back, very deep, with no space in between the lines.
“You need to have that pass that is perfect – not long, not short, the perfect speed at the right angle. He is one of the best in the league. He showed it with the pass that no-one was expecting to Sturridge [at West Ham]. He is one of the most important players for the team and he showed it at the end of the season.“
Garcia added, “He is one of those who can make the difference for a team, it doesn’t matter what team. We are lucky to have him. I would love to see him play in the Champions League next year.”
Having once spoken of his ambition to not only play in Europe’s elite competition but win some silverware with Liverpool, Coutinho will have everyone connected with the Reds wishing him a safe and comfortable off-season period, whether it’s resting with his beloved family or living the dream of every Brazilian youth in representing the national team.