Philippe Coutinho on confidence gained from Arsenal win as he looks to improve goals tally

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring their third goal

Coutinho got off the mark with a brace against Arsenal.

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring their first goalLiverpool's Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring their first goal

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho was understandably happy with his performance as the Reds were 4-3 winners over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium yesterday.

Coutinho scored a stunning free-kick just before half-time to bring the Reds on level terms - and his instinctive finish put the Reds 3-1 in a remarkable spell just after half-time when Jurgen Klopp's side ran riot.

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho scores their first goal with a free kickLiverpool's Philippe Coutinho scores their first goal with a free kick

The Brazilian told the Liverpool Echo: “The most important thing is the group. But the more goals I score, the more I can help the team.

“I am happy not only because I scored two goals but because the team played well and we got the three points we wanted.

“We feel good. It was a tough game but we played really well in the second half.

“It's the first step for us. To win away at one of our rivals will be good for our confidence.”

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho scores their third goalLiverpool's Philippe Coutinho scores their third goal

Coutinho managed to get 12 goals in all competitions last season - his best return in front of goal since his arrival from Inter Milan in January 2013 - and he started off on the right note at the Emirates Stadium with two very different but equally well taken goals.

The first was a wonderful free-kick on the stroke of half time to bring the Reds back on level terms while the second was something you'd associate more with a predatory striker - as Coutinho showed great goalscoring instinct to get across his man at the front post in order to guide the ball home in what proved to be a decisive and devastating opening 15 minutes to the second half for Liverpool.

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring their third goal with Nathaniel ClyneLiverpool's Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring their third goal with Nathaniel Clyne

The Brazilian hobbled off with cramp after his goalscoring display as he helped Liverpool get the perfect start to a tricky opening to their Premier League season.

It's difficult to say what would be a good number of goals for Coutinho this season. With less games to play, and less opportunities to score as a result, if he manages to better his haul then that could be regarded as a good return as Liverpool look to be successful during their domestic campaign as they're without European football. 

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