Coutinho’s masterclass vs West Ham in numbers

You’ll struggle to find a better individual display in the Premier League this season than Philippe Coutinho’s against West Ham.

We all know how talented a player the Brazilian magician is, but even by his usual standards, his performance at the London Stadium on Sunday was nothing short of exceptional.

Curiously, it was one that saw Coutinho line up in a slightly deeper midfield role, as the left-sided central midfielder in a diamond.

That beckoned the full benefits of his long-range passing ability, something which was particularly evident when he set up Daniel Sturridge for Liverpool’s first goal with a defence-splitting through ball from his own half, and allowed him opportunities to run onto the ball in dangerous areas.

It was a perfect performance from Coutinho and not just because of his output. He was a ferocious creative threat throughout the match, conjuring up a whopping seven chances for his team-mates, peppered Adrian’s goal with six efforts and glided through the Hammers defence for fun, completing three successful dribbles.

Coutinho’s produced some stunning performances for the Reds down the years but this was up there with the best of them.

Liverpool’s new diamond setup seemingly got the best out of him, so should Klopp stick with it for his side’s final game of the season against Middlesbrough next weekend?

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