BBC pundit: This Liverpool ace is the catalyst to the team
By Harvey Byrne
BBC pundit Dion Dublin has hailed Liverpool ace Philippe Coutinho as the “catalyst” to the current Reds team.
The Merseyside giants earned a hard-fought 2-1 away victory against Stoke on Saturday afternoon with goals coming from Coutinho and Roberto Firmino to cancel out a first half Jonathan Walters effort.
Both Liverpool goalscorers started from the bench and were brought on at half time in what proved to be a good decision by manager Jurgen Klopp.
Now, Dublin has hailed the German boss’ tactical switch while also describing Brazilian star Coutinho as the main man for the current Liverpool team.
“Garth said this is a game changing decision. I said the game would be won from the bench. Between us we’ve got it bang on,” told Dublin as quoted by the BBC Sport live match blog (Saturday, 4.45pm).
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“The pace of the game has changed, the belief has changed, the goal celebrations have changed and Liverpool are a different side.
“Coutinho is the catalyst to what Liverpool do. Great decision from the manager.”
Many associated with Liverpool will agree with Dublin’s words with Coutinho becoming one of the Premier League’s best players following his £8.5million deal from Inter Milan in 2013.
The 24-year-old has since played 175 times for the Merseyside giants following his move four years a go and he has returned 38 goals and 36 assists.
He has not yet been able to help the famous club lift their first ever Premier League title, but with five years still remaining on his contract Liverpool fans will be hoping he can star in a league win in the near future.
In other Liverpool news, Phil Thompson has identified three Premier League players who can improve the Reds in the summer.