After a rough summer marred by a fractious transfer drama, Philippe Coutinho has slowly managed to work his way back into the fold at Liverpool. A return of five goals and four assists in 10 games across all competitions has been known to do wonders for the mood around Anfield they say.
The diminutive midfielder recently continued his rehabilitation process, sitting down with Soccer AM to pick a 5-a-side squad of the best players he’s played alongside in a footballing career to date, including growing up in his native Brazil as well as an abortive stint at Inter Milan.
Well-acquainted with the small sides of futsal world, Coutinho didn’t hesitate to set his team up in an attacking 1-1-1-2 formation.
For some odd reason, no Liverpool players appeared in his back line in his rearguard, as he went with Inter legends Julio Caesar and Lucio in goal and defense respectively. Curious, indeed.
Steven Gerrard was his clear choice for midfield and captain of the side, with the 25-year-old recounting how upon his arrival to Anfield as a scrawny teenager, his awe that the Red legend was “even better” than he thought he would be when he was playing as Liverpool on his Playstation as a youngster.
The most difficult choice was in attack, with the wealth of attacking talent the Brazilian has played with in his short career including the likes of, Diego Milito, (young, healthy) Daniel Sturridge, Diego Forlán as well as current teammates Sadio Mané and Roberto Firmino.
Ultimately, the choices of the irresistible Luis Suarez as strike partner to childhood friend and Ballon d’Or contender, Neymar were clearly ones with which no one could quibble.
However, Coutinho could find himself hug-less for a while after going with Brazilian national team coach, Tite over Liverpool’s Jürgen Klopp as manager.
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