David Fairclough: Liverpool are now seeing the best from this attacker
By Harvey Byrne
David Fairclough has stated that he believes Liverpool are now seeing the best from attacking midfield star Philippe Coutinho.
The Brazil international has made 11 appearances for the Reds this campaign scoring five goals and providing five assists, playing a pivotal part in Liverpool’s strong start to the season.
Moving to Anfield in 2013 from Italian giants Inter Milan he has established himself as a star in the Liverpool team, and now former striker Fairclough has stated the Merseysiders are seeing the best from Coutinho.
“We all expected an exciting game but for some people there was a touch of trepidation about going to Crystal Palace, but with the form Liverpool have been in during recent weeks I always felt we would get a performance,” said Fairclough on the official Liverpool website.
“The football Liverpool played in the first half was sensational and Philippe Coutinho was fantastic.
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“He started well and maintained that. He’s a great player and we are seeing the best of Coutinho this season with his goals and the assists he makes.
“Firmino scored another superb goal and once you get a little taste of scoring, it’s something you want to continue, so you sense we are in for a really good season with the likes of Firmino, Coutinho and Sadio Mane all contributing.
“Don’t forget, Adam Lallana has scored a few goals this season as well, so with the forward players we have available, including Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi, it’s a very exciting prospect.”
Liverpool are currently sat in third place in the Premier League with just goal difference separating Manchester City, Arsenal and the Reds in the top three.
Without the distraction of European football the Merseysiders will also be looking to mount a charge on the Premier League title with the attacking stars of Coutinho, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
The trio have 14 goals between them in the league, with Liverpool in impressive form in front of goal with an impressive total of 24 strikes in their opening 10 fixtures.