Arsenal legend Ian Wright has highlighted two positives from Liverpool’s 2014-15 campaign in The Sun.
The Merseyside outfit are set to finish outside the top four of the Premier League this season and are likely to clinch a Europa League berth.
Brendan Rodgers’s side were expected by many to end up in the Champions League places for the second season in a row, but they are virtually out of the running with more rounds of matches remaining.
This has been a disappointing season for Liverpool, but former Arsenal striker Wright has picked two positives for the Reds.
“Of course the signings have disappointed in the main and Mario Balotelli was always going to be a huge gamble, one that hasn’t remotely come close to paying off,” the 51-year-old wrote in The Sun.
“But there have been plus points as well, not least seeing Philippe Coutinho reach even greater heights and the emergence of another cracking talent in Jordon Ibe, 19.”
Philippe Coutinho did not start the season well, but in the second half of the campaign he has been absolutely superb.
The 22-year-old attacking midfielder has been one of the best players in the Premier League in his position since January.
The Brazil international has scored five goals and created 52 chances in 33 league appearances this season, while having a pass accuracy of 81% and a shot accuracy of 55%.
Coutinho was also included in the PFA Team of the Year, mainly due to his performances over the past few months.
Jordon Ibe was recalled from his loan spell at Championship outfit Derby County in January, and he has since established himself as an important player in the current Liverpool team.
Despite suffering with injuries, the 19-year-old winger has created four chances in 10 Premier League matches, while having a pass accuracy of 88% and a shot accuracy of 57%.