Liverpool’s current form and emerging positive style under Jurgen Klopp is turning heads in Premier League circles and the former Borussia Dortmund coach will take his side into Monday night’s north west derby full of confidence.
The Merseyside club have a terrible recent record against old foes Manchester United but their fans will hope they are finally building a side capable of turning the tables.
Liverpool are reportedly in a hurry to offer Philippe Coutinho a new contract, in order to secure him & keep him away from interested clubs. pic.twitter.com/OzQb30n8q6
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Liverpool’s transfer activity in recent years has brought heavy criticism form their own support with the huge sums received for Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling largely ill-spent.
One man though, purchased in January of 2013, is beginning to look far and away their greatest bargain of the modern era.
Philippe Coutinho was brought in as a raw attacking talent for just £7.5 million.
The Brazilian playmaker appears to be really enjoying his game in his new manager’s first full season, with the fluid, hard-running, attacking football the side are playing, delighting the faithful at the redeveloped Anfield.
Klopp’s preferred XI this term, based on Premier League minutes played, contains only two players, Joel Matip and James Milner, both free transfers, that cost less than Coutinho.
The 24-year-old is now one of the team’s most-valuable players, making his original purchase price look an absolute steal.
In the subsequent transfer windows since his purchase, Liverpool have spent a staggering amount of money. Sixteen players bought by the Reds after the former Inter man’s arrival have required larger transfer outlays.
The attacker has always caught the eye in the Premier League. A real bag of tricks, capable of stunning long-range goals, Coutinho has offered regular reminders of his potential but only now does he look likely to fulfill it.
It seems that the electric Brazilian was always destined to succeed under Klopp and his style of play. He has almost become the embodiment of the German’s side, showing real promise, often mesmerising, occasionally disappointing, yet always energetic, interchangeable and forward thinking.
Regardless of whether Liverpool can develop consistency and capitalise on their early season form, Coutinho is looking like money well spent.
A real edge-of-your-seat man for an edge-of-your seat team. He and his manager will be hoping to make a big statement against Manchester United come Monday.