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Philippe Coutinho pleased with four prizes at Liverpool awards evening

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Philippe Coutinho scooped four awards at Liverpool's end of season awards and has thanked his team-mates and the fans for voting for him.

Coutinho walked away with Players Player of the Year, Fans Player of the Year, Goal of the Year and Performance of the Year at the annual awards at the Liverpool Echo arena on Tuesday evening.

The Brazilian has had a superb season at Anfield making 50 appearances and scoring eight goals and was voted in the PFA Team of the Year.

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The former Inter Milan man has been hailed by the press and football fans across the season and was rewarded for an excellent campaign by winning Player of the Year voted by the fans and his team-mates, which he will treasure for the rest of his life.

"It's very important for me because these awards were chosen by my fellow team-mates and the supporters," Coutinho told Liverpoolfc.com.

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"My teammates are the people I work with all year round, so being recognised by them makes it an important award for me which I treasure a lot."

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Coutinho has deservingly won the two awards and they come as no surprise.

Liverpool's season has been distinctly lacklustre as they've failed to build on their almost title winning campaign last year. Luis Suarez has been missed since he left for Barcelona, likewise Daniel Sturridge who's spent most of the term injured on the side-lines.

However, for the money Brendan Rodgers spend last summer, the Reds should have had a lot more success. Mario Balotelli, Dejan Lovren and Lazark Markovic cost the club a combined £56 million, however, they've all failed to make an impact with Adam Lallana and Alberto Moreno not far behind.

The Merseyside club have needed a player to step up to the plate and carry the side, especially with Steven Gerrard's presence being much less frequent. It was Coutinho who did so, the second-half of the season especially, and has developed into one of the Premier League's best play-makers.

Goals

At the start of the season, Rodgers challenged Coutinho to build on his goal tally and reach double figures for the season. He's netted eight, two short of his target, as well as bagging five assists. 

Out of those eight goals, he's scored some incredible strikes. However, it was his 30 yard screamer during Liverpool's 2-0 victory away against Southampton that seen him win Goal of the Season.

"I loved that goal and it was probably my most beautiful goal of the season," he added.

Coutinho's strike during Liverpool's 2-1 win against Manchester City was also top-class when he bent his curling shot from outside the box into the far right-hand corner to leave Joe Hart helpless and hand his side the three points.

Throughout the game against the Citizens, the 22-year-old was a magician and menaced Vincent Kompany, Eliquim Mangala and Fernandinho from the first until the final whistle. That effort seen him win Performance of the Year for the Reds.

Ambition

Having finished the season without Champions League qualification, moral will be fairly low in the Reds camp. Failure to mix with Europe's elite clubs will mean it will make increasingly difficult to attract top players this summer. 

There's no guarantee that Rodgers will get a significant amount of money from owners, Fenway Sports Group, after being handed over £100 million last year for new recruits.

However, Coutinho is still optimistic Liverpool can improve and finish in the top-four next term.

"Hopefully we will fight for the first four places and the title, like last season. Unfortunately, things didn't go our way this season but we hope that next season we will be there or thereabouts."

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