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Philippe Coutinho tipped to start against Rubin Kazan

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Philippe Coutinho should play for Liverpool in the Europa League against Rubin Kazan this evening, according to Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas.

In his column for Sky Sports, Nicholas claims Reds chief Jurgen Klopp must continue selecting the Brazilian playmaker in an attempt to get him used to the new structure of the side. 

Coutinho is recognised as one of the leading players on Merseyside, but he must adapt under the new regime sooner rather than later. 

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And Nicholas has identified the 23-year-old as a threat for this evening's showdown, tipping him to net first against their Russian counterparts. 

Ahead of tonight's game, Nicholas stated: "There will be some who will pick it up quicker than others, such as James Milner, but he needs to give the likes of Adam Lallana game time so he can identify whether they can work in his system.

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"He'll go with a strong Liverpool team and be looking for a performance and a first win in front of the home supporters.

"Goalscorer wise, he must keep playing Philippe Coutinho to let him fit into the structure of his team, and if he does so then he'll score first."

Coutinho the talisman 

Throughout the Brendan Rodgers era, Coutinho began to show signs that he's the real deal, but he must now come to prominence under the guidance of Klopp. 

The revered coach has the credentials to steer Coutinho in the right direction, of course, but what does the playmaker need to do to become the club's leading player? 

Consistency is key; it's crucial the aforementioned forward manages to produce the goods week in, week out. He has the ability to both create and score goals on a regular basis, and must now lead by example in the club's pursuit of long-term success.

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