Coutinho steals the limelight from Gerrard at Liverpool awards bash

The Brazilian midfielder swept the board at Liverpool's annual awards dinner on Tuesday night and has spoken of how he values the accolades.

In what has been a largely disappointing season for Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool, it was expected that the traditional end-of-season awards bash would be all about departing skipper Steven Gerrard. But it was 22-year-old Coutinho who walked away with four prizes and the undisputed title of the one shining light from the 2014/15 Premier League campaign, in which he scored eight goals in 51 appearances. 

Going into Sunday's final game at Crystal Palace, Liverpool can finish no higher than 5th place in the table, and amid a season dealing with the loss of Luis Suarez, the impending departure of Gerrard, injuries to Daniel Sturridge and contract stand-offs with Raheem Sterling, it is Coutinho who has stood out as the positive symbol with a string of dazzling displays.

Coutinho was rewarded at the ceremony - held at the city's Echo Arena - with Player of the Season awards from both the supporters and his fellow players. In addition, the Brazilian won Goal of the Season - for his long-distance strike at Southampton - and Performance of the Season, for his display in beating Manchester City 2-1 in March.

Speaking to Liverpool's official website, Coutinho was quick to explain how he would value the awards: "It's very important for me because these awards were chosen by my fellow teammates and the supporters. My teammates are the people I work with all year round, so being recognised by them makes it an important award for me which I treasure a lot."

The typically modest midfielder will be expected to fire Liverpool to an improved campaign in 2015-16, but when asked if he agreed on the judgement of his best goal of the season, Coutinho added: "I loved that goal and it was probably my most beautiful goal of the season."

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