Three candidates to be Liverpool's most important player of 2016

Liverpool fans can hope for big things in 2016 - hope that comes with a certain level of expectation.

Philippe Coutinho

Ever since Philippe Coutinho arrived at Liverpool, there has been one common theme.

At his best, the Brazilian is world class. But just how often is Coutinho's best on show? During a good month, the Liverpool playmaker can produce 2-3 good performances. On an average month, however, it wouldn't be an exaggeration to suggest he turns up once every four or five games.

In 2016, if Jurgen Klopp can bring out a more consistent Coutinho, the Anfield outfit will have a player creative enough to change the outcome of the club's whole season.

Divock Origi

The Reds will likely sign a new striker in January but, then again, there are never any guarantees with Liverpool's transfer committee. Of those currently at the club, Daniel Sturridge is constantly injured and boss Klopp prefers Divock Origi to Christian Benteke.

With youth on his side, Origi has the chance to really push on at Liverpool - he showed what he could do towards the end of 2015. Can the young forward hit the back of the net regularly on Merseyside?

Dejan Lovren

On the theme of improvement, centre-back Dejan Lovren has become a superior player under Klopp and will be crucial to Liverpool's defensive fortunes in the coming year.

Martin Skrtel is the club's most senior defender but has his flaws. Mamadou Sakho can be very reliable but needs a solid partner. Even if all three are to be rotated, Lovren needs to become the big-money defender the Reds signed in the summer of 2014.

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