Coutinho finished last season with 14 goals in all competitions, but his total would have been much closer to 20 had he not missed the whole of December and most of January – which equated to eight Premier League fixtures and multiple cup games – due to a nasty ankle injury sustained at home to Sunderland in November.
Now fully fit after a minor back issue, there’s no footballing reason why Coutinho can’t hit the ground running upon his return from South America – especially considering the manner in which Liverpool have started 2017/18 and the tactics Klopp is using.
Mo Salah has arrived to add speed alongside the electric Sadio Mane, while the criminally underrated Roberto Firmino has helped link arguably the most dangerous frontline in England’s top flight.
It’s from this position that Coutinho destroyed West Ham at the London Stadium, showing his ability to get on the ball, dribble and play the kind of incisive through-balls that few players in Europe are capable of.
If that’s not enough motivation, it’s a World Cup year – meaning Coutinho has little choice but to continue shining brightly ahead of Russia 2018 if he wants to be assured of his place in the Brazil squad.
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