Luis Garcia: This is where Liverpool can finish in PL, 24-year-old is key
By Will Butcher
Luis Garcia believes Liverpool must continue to improve their displays on the pitch and their squad morale if they are to fight for fourth place in the Premier League.
Garcia, 38, is in Merseyside to play for Liverpool Legends against Real Madrid Legends on Saturday, in aid of the LFC foundation.
Speaking ahead of the match, the former Reds playmaker told the Liverpool Echo that he believes 24-year-old Philippe Coutinho’s form is key to helping Liverpool finish in the top four.
“We had that downer at the beginning of the year but the most important thing has been the reaction from the players over the last couple of games,” Garcia said.
“Now the team is getting together, they are creating a good team spirit and continue in that fight for fourth position.
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“I am a big fan of Philippe Coutinho. He is one of the key players here for our team. Hopefully he can start scoring goals again, we know how important he is for us.”
Coutinho has struggled in recent matches following Liverpool’s dip in form. The Brazilian scored six goals in his opening 13 matches this season, but has only found the net once in his last 14 outings.
Throughout his 27 appearances, Coutinho has also provided another seven assists as he looks to orchestrate the Reds’ attacks in the final third and is admired highly by Garcia.
Garcia, who was part of the side that won the 2005 Champions League, is set to line up alongside the likes of Steven Gerrard, Michael Owen and Jerzy Dudek for the legends side.
The former Barcelona and Atletico Madrid ace goes up a whole host of Real Madrid’s best ever players, including Luis Figo, Roberto Carlos and Emilio Butragueno.
In other Liverpool news, captain Jordan Henderson has revealed this Reds legend is his inspiration.