Jamie Carragher has claimed Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho is like Luis Saurez in terms of his affect on the club.
Suarez of course nearly led Liverpool to a league title under Brendan Rodgers, when the defence was lacking much like it is now, and was the standout player in the team.
Not only that, but there was a significant wish from the player to for Barcelona before his final season with Liverpool – much like there is with Coutinho.
“He does it a lot (shoot from outside the box),” Carragher said on Sky Sports of Coutinho.
“I think that’s why he gets so many goals.
“I think sometimes he can be frustrating when it’s maybe a bit too far out.
“But as soon as he gets within 25 yards, the trigger is getting pulled and rightly so.
“Even though it’s only four or five games since he’s come back, his performances considering he didn’t have a real pre-season, all the talk of Barcelona, and you go back to Suarez when he was in the same situation and ‘would Liverpool fans take him back with open arms?’.
“It’s all about his performances and he’s been brilliant these last four or five games.
“You think, where would Liverpool be without him?”
There was no denying Coutinho was once again Liverpool’s stand out player of the game against Newcastle, but manager Jurgen Klopp made it clear that the side were making too many errors, and lamented the mistake made that led to the goal.
He also claimed the result was unfair, though the majority of people would probably claim that Klopp’s side need to learn to win a game and keep a clean sheet – or at least finish the majority of chances their forwards have before making that claim.