Liverpool were on the receiving end of a shock Champions League defeat on Tuesday night after they lost 2-0 away at Red Star Belgrade.
Overall, it was a poor team display on the night with the team’s midfield, in particular, having struggled against Vladan Milojevic’s men.
Since then, Liverpool blog Empire of the Kop has suggested that the Reds may be missing their former Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho, an idea which Transfer Tavern soon found to quickly be dismissed by supporters on Twitter.
And given how Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have been playing for over a year now, that is not surprising.
Looking at the Red Star Belgrade game, though, and the squad of their main title challengers Manchester City, it would not hurt to still have a player of Coutinho’s profile in the squad.
Further into Jurgen Klopp’s tenure at the club, the German started using the Barcelona man in a deeper midfield position in a move that really benefited the team.
From there, Coutinho was able to play penetrating passes, opening up defences at times where Liverpool perhaps were not at their attacking best.
That, along with the bit of magic he is able to produce be it from a set piece or a long-shot from outside the box, could have made the difference on the night versus Red Star Belgrade and later down the line in the title race.
At Manchester City, Pep Guardiola has the likes of Kevin De Bruyne and Bernardo Silva who can do such.
Furthermore, going forward, it may be something Klopp needs to consider with most of his current crop of midfielders sharing the same characteristics.