Chris Sutton critical of Liverpool ace after win v Burnley, cannot remember him playing so badly
By Amir Mir
Chris Sutton has stated that he cannot remember Phillipe Coutinho “playing as badly” following his side’s 2-1 win over Burnley on Sunday afternoon.
Playmaker Coutinho started the match at Anfield against Sean Dyche’s side but he was substituted after 60 minutes for teenager Ben Woodburn.
The away team started the brightest when they opened the scoring after just seven minutes through Ashley Barnes.
Dyche’s side had beaten the Merseyside club during the reverse fixture in August at Turf Moor and they were looking likely to cause yet another upset.
However, Gorgonio Wijnaldum struck before the break to settle the nerves of the home team before Emre Can scored the winner midway through the second half.
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During the game, former Premier League winner Sutton provided this critical assessment of Coutinho’s performance.
“I can’t remember Coutinho ever playing as badly as this,” Sutton told the BBC Sports website.
Brazil international Coutinho has played 26 games in all competitions this season, scoring seven goals and providing the same amount of assists.
Since his return from injury in early January, he has played eight matches, scoring once and failing to provide a single assist for his team.
Nonetheless, his side have picked up a valuable three points in their race to finish in the Champions League places at the end of the season.
The Merseyside club are fourth in the table on 55 points from their 28 matches, five points ahead of fifth-placed Arsenal who have two games in hand on their rivals.
Furthermore, Jurgen Klopp’s side were the only team in the top six to play a league match this week, with the other five all in FA Cup action.
In other Liverpool news, supporters slated this 24-year-old for his performance against Burnley.