Guillem Balague raves about Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool youngster Philippe Coutinho has been in superb form in recent months.

Respected Spanish football journalist Guillem Balague has been singing the praises of Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho on Sky Sports.

Brazil international Coutinho has been in superb form for Liverpool in recent weeks and has been one of the main reasons behind their rise up the Premier League table.

In 24 Premier League appearances so far this season, the 22-year-old has scored four goals and created 30 chances, while having a pass accuracy of 80% and a shot accuracy of 56%.

Coutinho did not start the season well, but in the last few months he has turned on the style, and he will have to maintain his current standards for Liverpool to finish in the top four of the league table.

Balague, who works for Sky and AS, has said that he is not surprised by the former Inter Milan youngster’s recent form, and that he always knew that he would succeed.

“What everybody was saying when he came to the Premier League was that perhaps he was too light,” Balague told Sky Sports.

“But I was convinced – and said so at the time – that he was going to be a success. At Espanyol we hadn’t seen a player who would get the ball in the final third and see gaps that nobody else could find.”

Coutinho played for Espanyol on loan from Inter in 2012 and scored five goals in 16 La Liga appearances for the Barcelona-based outfit.

The Brazilian was expected to start for Inter thereafter, but the Italian club eventually decided to sell him to Liverpool in January 2013.

Coutinho has since gone on to establish himself as one of the best young players in Europe. Last season the former Vasco da Gama attacker scored five goals and created 64 chances in 33 Premier League appearances, while having a pass accuracy of 81% and a shot accuracy of 38%.

The Liverpool youngster has stepped up following a disappointing start to the campaign and is destined for greater things.

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