Arsenal legend Ian Wright has been singing the praises of Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho in The Sun.
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder has been in good form in recent weeks and scored a superb goal from long range against Southampton at St. Mary’s Stadium in the Premier League on Sunday.
Coutinho’s overall performance against the Saints was also impressive, as he had a passing accuracy of 80%, attempted one dribble and made one clearance.
Former Arsenal striker Wright was impressed with the Brazil international’s display against Southampton and wrote in The Sun: “It’s odd to think that just a couple of months ago, some Liverpool fans were getting more and more frustrated at the end product from the Brazilian, for all his tricks and flicks.
“Yet going to a back three has taken some of the defensive shackles off and Coutinho has been outstanding, and his performance on Sunday was just another example. If he can maintain that form, the top four, FA Cup and Europe will all remain in sight.”
Back to his best?
Coutinho enjoyed a brilliant season in 2013-14 and was important in Liverpool finishing second in the Premier League.
The former Inter Milan youngster scored five goals and created 64 chances in 33 Premier League appearances, while having a pass accuracy of 81% and winning 51% of the duels.
However, the Brazilian has not been at his best so far this campaign, although he has started to show his class in recent weeks.
As Wright points out, manager Brendan Rodgers playing with a back-three has allowed Coutinho more freedom in midfield, which he has taken full advantage of.
In 23 Premier League appearances so far this season, the former Vasco da Gama attacker has scored three goals and created 29 chances, while having a pass accuracy of 80% and a shot accuracy of 55%.
Coutinho will be a key player for Liverpool in the remaining months of the season. With the Merseyside outfit very much in the running for a top-four finish in the Premier League and also aiming to win the Europa League, the Brazilian will have to weave his magic frequently.