Coutinho not Sturridge key to Liverpool win over Aston Villa, says Sherwood

The Reds were 6-0 winners over Villa on Sunday afternoon.

Philippe Coutinho, not Daniel Sturridge, was key to Liverpool’s 6-0 win over Aston Villa, Tim Sherwood has told Match of the Day 2, broadcast from 10pm on 14 February.

The Reds travelled to Villa Park on Sunday and put on a display of attacking quality as they scored six past a hapless Villa side.

Many credited the returning Sturridge with being the catalyst for his side’s win as he bagged the opening goal and showed the sort of incisive forward play that has been sorely lacking from Jurgen Klopp’s side in recent times.

Sherwood though, says it was another returning star, Phillipe Coutinho, who was actually key to Liverpool’s impressive win.

“The real star of the show was this little genius [Coutinho],” he told Match of the Day 2.

“Away from home, against Chelsea, Man City and this one today, the key has been this man.

“This guy can play between the lines, he’s got good body movement, slide-rule passing, [and] scores goals. He’s got everything. With him fit and Sturridge fit it’s a different season [for Liverpool].”

The Reds will now be hoping that Coutinho can remain fit and in such fine form for the rest of the campaign.

They certainly need him in the side, with the Brazilian currently the only one in the Liverpool midfield that can be labeled as an effective catalyst, with the likes of James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Adam Lallana struggling to be creative forces.

If Liverpool can keep Coutinho fit, as well as Sturridge, there would not be many who would bet against them finishing this season strongly.

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