Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho on two areas he is looking to improve in

Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho has expressed a desire to provide more assists and weigh in with more goals.

Philippe Countinho has been discussing areas of his game that are in need of improvement with the Liverpool Echo.

The Brazilian forward has become a key creative influence for Liverpool since arriving from Inter Milan in January 2013.

He is, however, aware of the need to offer more to the collective cause, with Premier League opponents aware of the threat he poses.

They will endeavour to contain him in the knowledge that shutting down an attacking spark will make it increasingly difficult for Liverpool to fire.

Coutinho is, however, putting in extra hours on the training field to ensure that he continues to make a telling contribution in the final third.

He told the Liverpool Echo: “There are always so many things to improve.

“I’ve been working on assisting my team-mates even further and improving my goal tally as I understand this as being part of my role. I expect to do better on this.

“In training, I’ve been working with our coaches on specific tasks to better my final touch. Whenever possible, I have post-training sessions to work on improving my shooting accuracy.”

Does Countinho need to offer more?

  SeasonGoal AssistTotal Att AssistGoalsTotal Scoring AttOntarget Scoring AttAppearancesMins Played
Philippe Coutinho 2013-2014 7 65 5 94 27 33 2,334
Philippe Coutinho 2012-2013 5 20 3 36 11 13 932
Philippe Coutinho 2014-2015 2 21 2 48 14 19 1,402

The 22-year-old enjoyed a productive season in 2013/14, with everything clicking at Anfield as the Reds mounted a sustained title challenge.

It comes as no surprise to find that he has dipped slightly this term, with Liverpool finding the going a little tougher.

He is right to suggest that he needs to offer more of a goal threat, with Brendan Rodgers short on firepower following the departure of Luis Suarez.

It is also important that he puts himself in positions to cause maximum damage, with Liverpool looking for him to work between the lines – pulling opposing midfielders back and defenders out.

Given that he has the likes of Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerrard, Raheem Sterling and Lazar Markovic alongside him, Rodgers really should have enough inspiration in midfield to keep pushing towards the top four.

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