Carragher: Coutinho has been very good... but not great this season

Philippe Coutinho

The former Liverpool defender has been discussing the 22-year-old.

Jamie Carragher feels Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho has been very good but 'not great' this season, according to his regular column in the Daily Mail.

The Reds icon has been discussing the end-of-season player of the year awards and believes Coutinho doesn't compare to the frontrunners in David de Gea, Harry Kane and Eden Hazard.

Carragher, however, praised the Brazilian - but delivered a short, frank verdict on his campaign as a whole.

He said: "I’m sure Hazard and the other leading contenders - in my mind David de Gea and Harry Kane - will benefit from their team-mates being careful with who they vote for. John Terry recently revealed he had chosen Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho - who has been very good but not great - as his nomination."

And Carragher's words make perfect sense. He has praised the Liverpool star for what has obviously been another promising campaign.

But it being promising is also part of the problem. Coutinho arrived at Anfield at the age of 20. Can he really be said to have come on leaps and bounds since?

The Brazilian dazzles with his skill and passing - just as he did years ago. The truth is 46 Premier League players have scored and assisted more than him this season and he has been far too inconsistent.

Like with the general election, the Liverpool star has been impressive in the last few weeks, so all the critics remember is the good form. But where was he in some of the biggest games this season, talented and remarkably skilful though he is?

Do you agree with Carragher's verdict on Coutinho?
He is spot on - good but not great
Yes but he is being a tad harsh
No, Coutinho has been sensational this season
No, Coutinho has actually not even been that good
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