Graeme Souness says he has large doubts over Liverpool ace Coutinho

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Graeme Souness says he has big questions over Coutinho at Liverpool.

Former Liverpool player and manager Graeme Souness says current star Philippe Coutinho needs to step up and prove himself.

The pundit told the Sunday Times he wants to see more from the Brazilian international, who made the PFA Team of the Year in 2014/15.

Souness said: "Coutinho could be classed as the best signing of the Brendan Rodgers era at £8.5m from Inter, although there wasn’t much competition, in terms of a player equipped to perform at the highest level in the Champions League but there are still large question marks against him.

"Does he score enough goals? Does he do enough when you haven’t got the ball? Ask yourself this: how many Liverpool players would get into Europe’s top sides? Any of them?"

The 23-year-old has netted five goals this season and provided five assists in 18 starts,

This has already matched his figures from last season in 32 starts, so the attacking midfielder is progressing in the right direction.

If he can step up against Manchester United in the Europa League last 16 fixture this week then he will go a long way to answering Souness' doubts.

Much of the burden on him creatively has been shared with summer signing and international compatriot Roberto Firmino becoming a regular goalscorer from midfield, and Liverpool ideally would love them both to get into double figures scoring wise by the end of this season, and in years to come.

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