Liverpool ground out their second win of the season to continue a perfect start to the Premier League campaign with a 1-0 win against Bournemouth last night.
Christian Benteke bagged his first goal in front of the Kop, in albeit controversial circumstances as Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho appeared to be in an offside position in an earlier period of play.
However, the Belgian kept his composure and made no mistake as the Reds ensured that they keep pace with the other sides in the division to have got off to perfect starts in league football so far this year.
What seems to have become evident in the club’s first two games of the season is that there is going to be a heavy reliance on Coutinho this season in terms of drive and creativity coming from just behind the main striker.
Coutinho looks like one of the only midfielders who can get on the front foot, looking likely to make things happen whether that’s playing simple passes to help the team keep possession or whether he’s looking to create chances.
It’s encouraging that he’s in great form at the moment, but manager Brendan Rodgers will be hoping that other players can step forward in terms of creativity over the next few games.
Sides are going to be busy working on ways to contain Coutinho and keep him out of matches because of the threat he poses and he needs to try and find a way to be effective throughout the season.
If he can do that then he’ll be consistent against all teams in the division and as a result, Liverpool should be in a very good position on both domestic and European fronts as they target progression and success.
Here’s what Liverpool fans made of Coutinho’s performance on Twitter.
Coutinho should have scored today he was unlucky. Benteke got 1st goal hopefully a lot more to come! I wish we would've seen Ings. #LFC— Bikram Paul (@iBikramPaul) August 18, 2015
Thought Lallana and Ibe were equally as poor as each other. I'd hope the attacking trio will soon be Benteke, Coutinho, and Firmino #LFC— LFC Sound (@LFCSOUND) August 18, 2015
@smtm_LFC lallana and Ibe are terrible, coutinho is covering too much space so cant reach his best form— youssef (@YoussefM99) August 18, 2015
@TSBible I'm a big LFC fan and I believe coutinho is a great player but overrated! Defensive work needs to be better, for me Lala is better— Ruairi oconnor harte (@Ruairi_P_O_H) August 17, 2015