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Could this be a career-defining season for Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho?

Jake Jackman

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Philippe Coutinho is back at Liverpool and ready for what could be the most important season of his career to date. The Brazilian has the potential to become a world class player and challenge for the PFA Player of the Year award. If he had avoided injury during the last campaign, he would have been a strong contender to rival N’Golo Kante for the award.

This season, he will be playing in the Champions League once again and it could be his time to prove that he is ready to take the final step to become one of the best midfielders in Europe. There has been interest in him from PSG and that there will be many Liverpool supporters who are worrying about his future. However, the Mirror reported that he is happy at Anfield and posted the following quotes:

“I am very happy to be back here and I am ready to start pre-season. It was nice to come back in and see my team-mates. I’m not training with them yet, but soon I will be back with them and I’m looking forward to that.”

Furthermore, according to the oddsmakers at this site, Coutinho will stay. They believe PSG want him [Coutinho] because Kylian Mbappe looks like he is going to stay in Monaco, but the Brazilian says he wants to stay in Liverpool. After all, Jurgen Klopp’s side signed him to a five-year contract with no buyout this January so they are evidently more than aware of his importance. Currently, it is 2/3 odds that he stays in Liverpool.

How important is it that the Reds keep him this summer?

It is crucial that Liverpool resist any offers for the Brazilian this summer, even if they receive one for an eye-watering amount. Coutinho is the most talented player in the Reds’ squad and he is quickly developing into a consistent performer under Jurgen Klopp. His problem before last season was that he could go missing for chunks of the season, but he showed maturity and he will be keen to continue on that positive track when the Premier League starts in August.

Liverpool have signed Mo Salah this summer from Roma and that does create an interesting selection issue for Klopp. The German will want the Egyptian on the pitch at the same time as Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane to maximise the team’s goal-scoring potential. One option could be a 4-4-2 diamond which would be fluid in reality, allowing Salah and Mane to play as split strikers, leaving a gap in the centre for Firmino to exploit. Coutinho would then play in one of the deeper midfield roles, but be given the freedom to roam in the attacking half, as that is when he is at his most dangerous.

There are a number of tactical options open to Klopp and that is exciting for Liverpool fans. The player that is most important to the side is Coutinho. He possesses the most talent and he showed that last season. He contributed 13 goals and seven assists, with an impressive goal involvement every 112.25 minutes. His average of 2.1 key passes and 2.3 dribbles per game underline the danger that he causes.

Is he a legitimate contender for 2018 PFA Player of the Year?

Not many would have predicted N’Golo Kante at the beginning of last season and even fewer would have thought Riyad Mahrez would have won the award the year before. It is becoming less predictable, but Philippe Coutinho will start the season as one of the favourites for the award, especially given Eden Hazard will miss the opening few weeks.

Liverpool now have the stage and the coach that gives Coutinho the best chance of fulfilling his potential. At the age of 25, this season will show us whether the Brazilian can become one of the best players in Europe or remain part of the tier below.

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Jake is a student based in the South East. He is a Newcastle fan and has a keen interest in Dutch football. Jake can be found on Twitter here - @jakejackmann.

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Conor Coady shows Liverpool what they’re missing in masterful Wolves campaign

The Wolves captain was tipped for big things at Liverpool but never made the grade.

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Back in 2011, Liverpool had one of their young starlets being tipped to become the ‘next Steven Gerrard.’ It was a tag being occasionally branded around the club about young talent Conor Coady. With good reason as well. The teenager was looking like the most natural successor to Gerrard yet.

The summer previous, he had helped England win the UEFA under-17 Championships, which is where the hype all began. Liverpool had unearthed a gem who immediately found himself tipped to become a future Kop captain.

But it never happened for the young man.

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Instead, he headed to Sheffield United on loan – where he excelled. After getting a taste for regular football, the idea of returning to the reserve life with Liverpool clearly did not appeal to the utility man. Therefore, he left Liverpool in 2014, joining Huddersfield Town.

Liverpool fans soon forgot about him. Just another hyped up youngster who could not match the expectations laid at their door?

Well, this season Coady has finally looked like the real deal.

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The Melwood talent did not stick with Huddersfield for long. In 2015 he joined Wolverhampton Wanderers and he is now looking like the talent Liverpool thought they had at Molineux.

One issue with Coady has always been his position. Often moved around the park, this season he has played as a settled central defender. The results have been exceptional. Coady has been one of the best players in the Championship this campaign. That was highlighted by his inclusion in the Championship team of the season. The 25-year-old is now looking like a future Premier League star and will be playing in the big time next season after captaining Wolves to the Championship summit.

When Liverpool sold Coady to Huddersfield, they did so for a fee reported to be just £500,000 by the Liverpool Echo. The Reds obviously felt he would not live up to those once lofty expectations.

Based on his form this season, Liverpool could be rueing this mistake in the not so distant future.

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Liverpool fans will love who are favourites to sign Mario Balotelli

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Mario Balotelli is not a man who conjures up fond memories for Liverpool fans, but that could all be about to change if the betting is accurate in forecasting where he could move if he leaves OGC Nice this summer with one Premier League side leading the race to bring him back to England.

Whilst Serie A sides are the frontrunners in the betting to sign Mario Balotelli, there are also several English clubs in the mix, based on odds offered by Sky Bet. Favourites are the side that Liverpool fans would both find hilarious and dread in equal measure: Everton.

Odds on the controversial Italian moving to Goodison Park this summer are as low as 8/1, whilst West Ham are also in the running at 12/1.

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The centre forward picked up more yellow cards, seven, than goals, four, during his time on Merseyside but has scored 39 goals in 61 games for his new club in France and insists he’s a new, mature man.

Italy still seems his most likely destination with Napoli and Juventus leading the odds, but a move to Everton would give Balotelli the chance to either redeem himself with Liverpool fans by failing as much as he did at Anfield, or rebuild his reputation in the country where he made his name with Manchester City.

The Toffees are desperate to add firepower up-front, but having been so disappointed by their business last summer it is hard to see how taking a gamble on a player as volatile as Balotelli would be a wise move.

That said, they know that the quality is clearly there within the player and may have the same hope as Brendan Rodgers did when he signed Balotelli for Liverpool, that they can bring him in cheap, get the best out of him and sell him on for a profit.

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Rhian Brewster deserves shot at Liverpool first-team next season

The Liverpool teenager deserves a shot ahead of Daniel Sturridge and Divock Origi.

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Liverpool fans were rightly excited about England under-17s World Cup win in India last summer. Firstly, it was great to see the English national team doing well at some level. Secondly, one of their own players, Rhian Brewster, was on fire.

The teenage striker won the Golden Boot prize at the competition after scoring eight goals for his nation, including hat-tricks against both the USA and Brazil.

His performances rightly had Liverpool fans excited for the season ahead, but it came too soon for the youngster. Brewster then suffered an ankle injury in January that needed surgery.

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However, despite his setback, it was reported last month by The Telegraph that Brewster will be promoted to the Liverpool first-team next season after his recovery period is over.

Rightly so. Liverpool should be ready to give the teenager his chance in the first-team at Anfield, as he has all the talent available to him to become a club goalscoring sensation.

In fact, if Liverpool want to be serious about him, they should ensure there are no blockages in his pathway.

The likes of Daniel Sturridge, currently on loan at West Brom, and Divock Origi, also on loan but at German side Wolfsburg, should no longer be considered ahead of Brewster in the pecking order.

Getting rid of the injury-prone Sturridge and Origi, who has struggled in the Bundesliga, will leave Brewster firmly in the mix for the striking position at Liverpool.

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Roberto Firmino obviously remains the first choice. But Liverpool also have England’s under-20 goalscoring sensation from the summer in Dominic Solanke. With the hard-working Danny Ings also present, Brewster fits in nicely to the Liverpool striking fold.

Some might say he is too young. But people said that about Michael Owen and Robbie Fowler. The fact is, nobody will know until he is thrown into that position.

Liverpool fans are some of the more supportive and understanding in the country when it comes to young talent, and would have all the patience in the world for the young striker.

It is time to cut the deadwood and make room for the future to blossom.

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