Name: Philippe Coutinho
England international Daniel Sturridge would have certainly been in the running for this award, but it seems his injury-plagued label is starting to wear off his likeness around Anfield this term. So we have gone for Liverpool’s midfield maestro Philippe Coutinho instead!
The 23-year-old, who surprisingly only has 12 international caps for Brazil, has scored five and assisted three goals in 17 Premier League appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side so far this season.
Coutinho, who arrived in Merseyside back in January 2013 from Serie A giants Inter Milan for a reported £8.5m, has been sorely missed by his Reds teammates this campaign due to his thigh and hamstring problems.
The tricky Brazilian netted four times in three outings for Liverpool back in late-October to early-November to help his side record impressive away wins at defending league champions Chelsea (1-3) and Manchester City (1-4) in the Reds’ quest to finish in the top four come May and qualify for next term’s UEFA Champions League.
However Coutinho has now been ruled out seven times in Liverpool’s last 12 league fixtures, meaning he has helplessly watched his teammates salvage only 15 points from a possible 36 having slipped to ninth in the standings.
With Liverpool supporters desperate for Coutinho to return to the centre of the park as quick as possible, his stunning winner at Stoke City on the opening day of the season is the perfect example of why the Anfield faithful adore their Brazilian.