Liverpool's unsung hero in 6-3 win

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Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho returned to form in their 6-3 victory over Cardiff City this weekend.

Luis Suarez grabbed the headlines yet again as his hat-trick helped Liverpool to a 6-3 victory over Cardiff City on Saturday.

Just as current league leaders Chelsea had hit six earlier in the day, so one of their main challengers for the title did the same, proving that as dodgy as their defence can sometimes be, the Reds have the firepower to render that inconsequential more often than not.

Martin Skrtel also grabbed a headline or two of his own, as his brace showed that he is becoming something of a regular goal-getter for Brendan Rodgers, while Daniel Sturridge did what he invariably does these days and bagged one himself.

But there was another player who may not have scored, but who enjoyed a very impressive game, and in so doing suggested that he is returning to form at just the right time for Liverpool's title charge.

Philippe Coutinho has dipped somewhat in recent weeks, after enjoying a campaign that up until then had been mightily impressive.  But against Cardiff the Brazilian provided two assists - the first time he has set up two strikes in one match all season.

He played three key passes in total, had one scoring attempt and made 63 accurate passes - 22 of which were forward passes.

In short, he enjoyed a great game, and his stats are even more impressive when you consider he went off before the 70-minute mark.

PlayerGoal AssistKey PassTotal Scoring AttAccurate PassFwd PassMins
Philippe Coutinho 2 3 1 63 22 68

Coutinho will no doubt be wondering if he can stake a late claim to make it to Brazil 2014.  But far more importantly in the short term, his apparent return to form could see him act as a vital catalyst for a title-winning campaign.

Most clubs only have one such catalyst, but in Coutinho, Suarez, Sturridge and the like, Rodgers has plenty.

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