Liverpool have scored some worldies over the year. We’ve had a few masters of the art of the banger: Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Philippe Coutinho to name just a few. With the decade reaching its conclusion, the club have been running a Twitter competition to pick out our goal of the decade. The nominees for 2015 show that Liverpool have never replaced Philippe Coutinho.
The Reds sold the Brazilian playmaker to Barcelona in January 2018, cashing in £142m in the deal. The money went on to fund the arrivals of Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker and Fabinho. Selling the Brazilian is one of the best pieces of business we’ve done this decade.
Despite how well we did out of the transfer, we have never replaced him. Whilst we have seen success on the pitch since Phil’s departure, we are without an attacking midfielder with the same flair, dribbling ability and penchant for worldies.
Sure, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has scored some blinders for us this season. However, Coutinho was an entirely different player to The Ox.
Liverpool nominated 10 goals from 2015 to go forward for our goal of the decade competition. Of the 10 nominees, five were scored by Philippe Coutinho.
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He scored every type of goal: curled into the top corner from range, lashed onto the underside of the crossbar, drilled along the floor.
The Brazilian would be unstoppable in this Liverpool side. Whilst re-signing the player is unimaginable, we could do with a player in a similar mould – a midfielder that will beat his man and either bang one in from distance or slide a ball through to a teammate.