Is Philippe Coutinho the best player in the Premier League?

Is Philippe Coutinho the best player in the Premier League?

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Liverpool recorded a huge win on Saturday with a 4-1 victory over Manchester City away from home. Central to this victory was Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian attacking midfielder was on brilliant form scoring and recording an assist, as well as playing a role in the build up to the first goal.

Coutinho has come alive under Jurgen Klopp scoring five goals in three games and recording one assist in the process. His total for the season is five goals in 12 games, plus three assists. In just 12 games he’s already matched his goal scoring total for last season, and five goals is his best for one season at Liverpool. He will surely go on and better that in the coming weeks.

His great form has drawn interest from FC Barcelona who have been linked with bringing him to the club in recent months. Coutinho is just 23 years old but is enjoying a fine spell for the club. With Liverpool now looking to have a renaissance under Klopp, Coutinho is clearly going to have a central role to play. Alongside Roberto Firmino who was central to their fluid, attacking style of play at the Etihad. Too quick and too slick for City to contain.

Coutinho is emerging into one of the stand out players in the Premier League. Whilst Jamie Vardy dominates the headlines, Coutinho is possibly the best player in the league from a technical stand point. A fine passer of the ball, creator and technician. He runs at players, creates chances and scores goals, what more could you want from an attacking midfielder? At present Coutinho would walk into any side in the Premier League and the fact that FC Barcelona, the best team in the world, are after him, demonstrates his ability and quality.

If Liverpool do finish in the top four, or even better, Coutinho would have had a huge role to play. Having matched his previous best goal scoring tally already by the end of the season he’ll surely be up there as a favourite for the Player Of The Year Award.

Amit Singh is the editor of Think Football and contributes for a number of other football websites, follow on twitter @Think_Football