Lallana: Watching Liverpool teammate torment opposition was a joy to behold

Philippe Coutinho

Adam Lallana has revealed his joy at watching ‘little magician’ teammate Philippe Coutinho.

Liverpool’s Adam Lallana has revelled in the opportunity to watch and play alongside teammate Philippe Coutinho, the Sun report.

The England international midfielder has experienced highs and lows during his debut campaign with the Reds, with injuries having an impact on his ability to perform consistently.

Lallana missed much of January after picking up a thigh strain in the 2-2 draw at home to Leicester City on New Year’s Day, returning to action in the 1-1 League Cup draw against Chelsea.

Over the past month, the Anfield outfit have started to show glimpses of the form which won them so many plaudits last season, playing with plenty of aggression, intensity and skill.

One player in particular to have stood out is Brazilian playmaker Coutinho, and Lallana readily admits watching him torment his opponents in recent weeks has been a joy to behold.

“The little magician, as people call him, has been outstanding. I was injured for a couple of weeks and got to watch him from the stand,” Lallana was quoted as saying by the Sun.

“His natural ability is frightening and it’s great to see. It’s great to be on the pitch with players like that. He’ll keep providing for the likes of Raheem [Sterling] and now [Daniel] Sturridge is back.

“I’m sure they’re really excited, because he’s at the top of his game and he’s always going to be a match-winning player for us.”

Coutinho has started 17 Premier League encounters this season, scoring two goals and adding a further four assists.

In his last outing against West Ham United, the 22-year-old was in top form and combined beautifully with fellow youngster Raheem Sterling to help the Merseysiders on their way to victory.

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