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Coutinho missing just one key aspect from being a complete player, claims ex-Liverpool star

Former Newcastle United and Liverpool midfielder Terry McDermott believes if Coutinho could add more goals to his game, he would have everything.

Terry McDermott has told liverpoolfc.com that Phillipe Coutinho has all the tools to become an outstanding player at Anfield, but needs to add more goals to his games.

The 22-year-old Brazilian, who won Liverpool’s player of the month award for December, has put in a number of eye-catching performances recently and former Reds midfielder McDermott is the latest in a long line of admirers.

Speaking on ‘Anfield 360 – added time’, the 63-year-old said: ‘’He is improving. He can do everything. The one thing lacking is goals – he needs to score more goals.

‘’But apart from that, he’s got everything. He’s got an engine, he’s quick and he goes past people. He can only get better and I think he will get better.

‘’He is only 22 and he will get better. If he does, you’ve got a real player on your hands. He is going to be an outstanding player for many years for Liverpool.’’

Although the youngster has been used in a number of positions, from defensive midfielder to wide attacking forward, the lack of goals from the former Inter Milan attacker will be a concern for both Brendan Rodgers and the player himself.

This season, Coutinho has scored just twice from 48 shots in 19 appearances in the Premier League and hasn’t scored in his last eight matches in all competitions.

Nevertheless, the Brazilian has been playing well, as shown by his player of the month award, and continues to threaten teams even when he does not pose much of a goal threat. If he continues to play at the level he has done in recent weeks then he will naturally start firing in the goals as he has the ability to be a match winner.

For now, it's important Coutinho tries to keep improving his overall game and learns from the valuable experience he is getting in the Premier League in order to help the Reds climb the league table. 

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