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Philippe Coutinho has been Liverpool's best player claims Robbie Fowler

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Robbie Fowler believes Philippe Coutinho's classy campaign should see the Brazilian scoop Liverpool's Player of the Season award.

Coutinho has been impressive at the Merseyside club this term and netted eight goals in all competitions, with his latest coming during Liverpool's 2-1 win against Queens Park Rangers last Saturday.

The former Inter Milan man has already been named in this season's PFA Team of the Year alongside the likes of Edin Hazard and Alexis Sanchez for his superb performances.

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The sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona last summer and Daniel Sturridge's injury ridiculed campaign has seen the Reds lack creativity in the final third of the pitch.

However, Coutinho has been a diamond in the rough and menaced back-fours throughout the season and Fowler feels that the Reds number 10 deserves to be named his side's Player of the Season.

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"The stand-out player this year has probably been Philippe Coutinho, I'd be surprised if he didn't win it. He has scored goals," the 40-year-old told the club's official website.

"As a forward, I loved playing with players like that because you knew that you were going to get a few chances in a game.

"He is one of those players that can open up defences; ultimately, the forward players have got to be helping him but he certainly helps the forwards.

"He puts the ball into certain positions where you think it is impossible at times, and some of his footwork in creating space for himself is a joy to watch.

"It's a match made in heaven for any player who plays up front for Liverpool when you've got a player that talented behind you."

Good Season

If would come as a surprise to many if Coutinho does not join the likes of Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Fernando Torres and be awarded as Liverpool's best player for the campaign.

The 22-year-old has scored a hat-full of unbelievable goals for the Reds this season. His strikes during the 2-1 victory at Anfield against Manchester City and 2-0 win away at Southampton firmly stand-out in Kopites' minds and there's no doubt one of those will see him awarded Goal of the Season, also.

Coutinho has been the subject of plenty of praise from his peers. Prior to the start of the season, Brendan Rodgers claimed the playmaker was the "brains behind the team" and Suarez also spoke very highly of him, saying Coutinho "was the difference that makes Liverpool." Most recently, Chelsea captain John Terry played homage to Rio de Janeiro native and won the former England international's vote for PFA Player of the Year.

Coutinho cost the Merseyside club £8.5 million from Inter Milan in January 2013 and that price has turned out to be a bargain. He has continually produced magic for the Reds and many have named him as the man of replace Suarez.

Move Away?

Last summer, there were plenty of rumours floating around that Coutinho could be the subject of a healthy bid from Real Madrid. 

He signed a new five-year deal at Anfield earlier this season, however, which will see his price-tag significantly increase. Nonetheless, if his form continues, he could be the subject of a weighty bid from one of Europe's elite clubs.

Suarez has had an incredible first season at Barcelona and has already admitted his admiration for Coutinho. With Xavi's future uncertain at the Nou Camp and Andrea Iniesta now into his 30's, perhaps Luis Enrique would be keen to bring in another attacking-midfielder.

Coutinho's style certainly fits in with the one encouraged at the Catalan club. Real Madrid already have the world's best forward-men, but, they're always looking to add further starts to their already stacked elite squad. 

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