The Liverpool fans in the Transfer Tavern have been watching Brazil with mixed emotions so far at the World Cup. That is because former Anfield-favourite, Philippe Coutinho has been the stand-out player for the Selecao and whilst the fans still hold a grudge over the midfielder for the way he left the club, they can’t help but admire his brilliance.
The 26-year-old attacking midfielder is at the peak of his powers and has been dazzling fans in his three games at the tournament so far. In Brazil’s opener, the Barcelona man struck a superb whipped shot into the top corner to open the scoring in a 1-1 draw. Coutinho then followed that strike up with the 12th international goal of his career when he bagged a 91st minute-winner against Costa Rica to put his nation in pole position to top their group.
In a nutshell, Coutinho has displayed all of the attributes that the Liverpool fans loved him for. His ability to score wonder-goals, incredible, eye-of-a-needle passes to assist teammates and uncanny knack of being in the right place at the right time to score important goals have made him as invaluable for Brazil as he was at Anfield. Coutinho is the name on Brazil fans’ lips and the humble little magician has not only shown the world what he can do, but he’s also stolen the limelight off of Neymar, a feat that many Brazilian’s would’ve thought to be impossible.
You can read our begrudgingly impressed Reds’ verdict on their former player here:
— MbapeFinalHatrick (@BizolwethuSiba1) June 28, 2018
Coutinho has been on another level at this #WorldCup
— Lauren (@Lauren24LFC) 28 June 2018
— Jamil Saleh (@JamilSaleh93) 27 June 2018
— Shaz (@shazlfc01) 28 June 2018
I love Coutinho, he was my favourite LFC player and was gutted when he left. Only saving grace was we got good money for him!
— Dan (@FPL_LocoLord) 28 June 2018
Neymar makes the headlines but Coutinho has been the best player for #BRA so far.
— Parish Pokharel (@parish_lfc) June 28, 2018
Players of the tournament so far:
— Will (@LFC__Will) 27 June 2018
Coutinho making everything happen and Neymar trying keep the spotlight on himself. He is so frustrating to watch.
— You'll Never Walk Alone (@LiverpoolRedLFC) June 27, 2018
As you can see, the Kopites in the Tavern can’t help but find themselves in awe of the little magician, no matter how much they want to hate him for his Anfield exit.