Jamie Carragher: Liverpool have a problem with Philippe Coutinho

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Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers may have to play Philippe Coutinho out of position.

The Brazilian playmaker was the star of the show against Stoke City, scoring a stunning late winner to gift the Reds all three points in an otherwise drab game.

Having previously impressed towards the end of last season, Coutinho has been tipped to be one of Liverpool's top performers this season, but Carragher is not sure if he has a place in this current squad.


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Rodgers gave Coutinho the opportunity to play in his favoured position at the Britannia Stadium, widely considered to be the No10 role behind the main striker. James Milner and Jordan Henderson provided support from a deeper midfield position.

But Carragher is certain that Rodgers will eventually adopt a different tactic that will see a defensive midfielder placed behind Milner and Henderson in a 4-3-3 formation.

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That could be a problem for Coutinho, who would undoubtedly be shifted out to the wide left or right as a result.

"He doesn't feel comfortable there and I just feel he has to play in a central role"

The retired defender told The Liverpool Way podcast: "I think Liverpool have a slight problem in the coming weeks and months.

"If you play a holding midfielder behind Milner and Henderson, then that's your midfield three and unless you play a diamond formation, then Coutinho is going to end up in a wide role in a 4-3-3.

Uncomfortable situation

"He got the winner at Blackburn in the FA Cup last season, but I was at the game at Ewood Park and he was actually playing wide right, and it just didn't look right. He doesn't feel comfortable there and I just feel he has to play in a central role.

"So he almost has to be one of those three, and if he is then that means either Henderson or Milner isn't if you play with that holding midfield player."

It is a similar story for the diminutive 23-year-old with regards to the national squad. Brazil coach Dunga controversially dropped him for the upcoming games against Costa Rica and United States because he couldn't find a place for him in the 24-man party.

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