By Matt Farr
Graeme Souness has hailed the match-winning performance of Liverpool attacker Philippe Coutinho against West Ham on Sunday.
The 24-year-old played a starring role as Liverpool demolished West Ham by a 4-0 scoreline at the Olympic Stadium, with the Brazilian netting a superb brace, whilst bagging an assist.
Coutinho has proven an influential figure during a number of key games for the Merseyside outfit this season, and his impressive display moved Liverpool one step closer to securing a Champions League qualification place.
Following the game, Liverpool favourite Souness deliverd a glowing verdict of Coutinho’s display, insisting he strikes fear into defenders with his quick feet and running.
Speaking live on Sky Sports 1, he said: “He set them on fire, set them on their way with a great pass, and ends up with a couple of goals himself. He dances around people, he wrong foots people.
“When you are a defender playing against someone with such quick feet, you’re scared to go near him.
“That’s the only thing I felt was missing from his game, was goals. But he’s got goals this year, and I think he’s such a big part of what Liverpool are.”
The double from the Brazilian international against West Ham took his tally to 13 goals and nine assists from 34 appearances in all competitions this season.
He had made a slow start in the new year after returning from an ankle injury, having contributed just one goal and no assists from his first nine Premier League appearances.
But he since rediscovered his golden touch, netting six goals and supplying two assists from his last seven league matches.
The win moves Liverpool to within just four points of second-placed Tottenham with one match remaining, whilst they also boast a four point lead over fifth-placed Arsenal.
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