Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho notched two Premier League goals in the same game for the first ever time in his career, bagging a brace in the 3-1 win at Chelsea.
The Brazil international was arguably Brendan Rodgers’ best buy during his time as Liverpool boss, snapping the 23-year-old up from Inter Milan in January 2013.
Coutinho has gradually grown at Anfield, playing a key role during their title tilt in the 2013/14 campaign before becoming the club’s standout player last season.
However, despite his wonderful ability, one criticism often levelled at the player was his lack of goals in comparison to fellow top-flight stars such as Eden Hazard and Alexis Sanchez.
Before today, he had scored just 14 league goals in 90 appearances. However, his two long-range efforts at Stamford Bridge helped him overcome a big hurdle, while also handing Jurgen Klopp his first league win.
2 - Philippe Coutinho has scored a brace in the Premier League for the first time. Double.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) October 31, 2015
The victory was no more than the Reds deserved as they responded well to an early Chelsea goal to dominate the hosts throughout, creating an abundance of chances.
Coutinho equalised in first-half stoppage time with a superb finish before firing the hosts ahead in equally fine fashion, stunning the Stamford Bridge crowd into silence.
Aside from his goals, the former Vasco de Gama product also contributed greatly in a number of other key areas as he produced two key passes, two successful take-ons and 47 accurate passes.