By Dominic Toner

Jan Molby believes that Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has been trying too hard since his return from injury.

The 24-year-old is regarded as a crucial member of the first-team and made his return in January from a two-month layout due to an ankle injury.

However, the Brazil international is without a goal in eight appearances since his comeback and has been a part of Liverpool’s terrible form.

The Merseyside club have just one victory in their last 10 games across all competitions and have fallen into fifth position in the Premier League table.

Ex-Reds midfielder Molby has highlighted the performances of Coutinho and explained why he is suffering a considerable dip in form.

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“Philippe Coutinho continued to struggle against Hull and I think he’s just struggling to get into his rhythm again,” Molby wrote in his Echo column. “Before his injury he was razor sharp, everything was coming off for him.

“But he’s come back, he’s trying a little bit too hard, he’s having too many touches which suits the opposition and obviously he’s not been as influential as he was.”

Coutinho still has a strong record this season even with his recent struggles, scoring seven goals and supplying seven assists in 22 appearances.

The attacker has forged a strong partnership alongside Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane in Liverpool’s frontline, but the club have struggled in front of goal.

He will be hoping to recapture his best form on Saturday when they host top four rivals Tottenham at Anfield.

Coutinho is capable of producing a piece of individual magic during a game and will still be a major concern for Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

In other Liverpool news, Stan Collymore has predicted the club’ss upcoming game against Spurs.

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