Lack of creativity says everything about Coutinho's disappointing start

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A look at Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho's disappointing 2014/15 so far.

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Amid Liverpool's under-whelming start to the season, the flagging form of Philippe Coutinho has gone largely under the radar.

New signing Mario Balotelli has copped plenty of flak, but at times the service has been found wanting.

No player is more illustrative of that than the Brazilian, who has managed a measly four chances created in five games.

That compares poorly with his teammates, especially considering his principle role of playmaker in the side.

  Key PassesAppsMins
Raheem Sterling 18 7 554
Steven Gerrard 17 7 630
Jordan Henderson 15 7 630
Alberto Moreno 9 6 540
Mario Balotelli 4 5 336
Philippe Coutinho 4 5 331

Coutinho has played far less minutes than some of his colleagues, but even so, he lags well behind on a minutes per basis.

  mins / Key PassApps
Raheem Sterling 30.78 7
Steven Gerrard 37.06 7
Jordan Henderson 42.00 7
Alberto Moreno 60.00 6
Lazar Markovic 63.33 4
Adam Lallana 71.50 4
Philippe Coutinho 82.75 5
Mario Balotelli 84.00 5

His form has been enough to see him retain his place in the Brazil squad, but Liverpool will want more from him upon his return.

Daniel Sturridge is likely to return from injury soon, and his movement will help Coutinho flourish. Liverpool need him to if they are to get back to being the vibrant side they were in 2013/14.

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