Though there are still three weeks left in the Premier League season, awards celebrating the year's best have already begun to be handed out. Sunday saw the PFA Player of the Year Awards presented, and while Philippe Coutinho lost out on the Young Player of the Year award to Tottenham Hotspur's Dele Alli, the Brazilian's efforts did not go unnoticed on the continent.
Coutinho can thank the fine people at France Football magazine for recognizing his form this season. The midfielder was included in their U23 team of the season, a list that also included Harry Kane, Raphaël Varane, and Paul Pogba. Not too shabby at all.
Coutinho's twelve goals and six assists across all competitions should be enough to put him in the conversation for Liverpool's own player of the season awards when they're given out next month on May 12. He'll face strong competition from other players who have come along nicely under Jürgen Klopp like Roberto Firmino and — dare it be said out loud — Dejan Lovren, amongst others.
For now, he'll have to be content with the accolade from France Football and thank his lucky stars that it's not a team of the season compiled by DivockOrigi's friends at L'Équipe.