Philippe Coutinho comments on his goal contribution and new system

Philippe Coutinho

Coutinho is keen to add more goals to his game and says the current system the side are undertaking has a big role in their recent improved form.

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has said he wants to improve his contribution in front of goal in an interview with the Liverpool Echo.

Coutinho has found the net on two occasions for the Reds so far this season, and playing in an advanced midfield role, he is involved in a lot of the Reds' attacking play.

The 22-year-old Brazilian said: “This formation has improved things not only for me but also for the whole team.

“Everyone is finding their feet now. I really enjoy playing in that central role where I can try to make things happen.

“I know I need to improve the number of goals I score. It’s a personal target of mine and I also need to do it to help the team.

“I know if I score more goals then I’ll be able to make a bigger contribution to the team and that’s something I’m really working on.”

The current system allows the Brazilian to get into more central positions rather than drifting on to the flanks to receive possession with the wing-backs now relied upon to provide the width.

Liverpool have only lost the one game since December at Old Trafford and tonight's League Cup semi-final at Anfield will be a true test of whether the Reds are really getting back to the standard of play that allowed them to improbably challenge for the Premier League title last season.

The side are keen to win their first trophy under manager Brendan Rodgers but they will face a determined Chelsea side that dismantled Swansea City on Saturday. Putting themselves in a good position to get to Wembley for the second leg at Stamford Bridge would show another green shoot of progress for Liverpool, but even if that's the case, one will feel it will truly come when the side tries to do a job in West London - whether they have an advantage to take to the second leg is something we'll find out tonight. 

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