Everyone is talking about Philippe Coutinho’s magnificent solo goal against Manchester United in the Europa League last night, but the Liverpool playmaker also produced a stunning dribble that seems to have gone under the radar.
In the 61st minute of the match, Coutinho showed off his fancy footwork by ghosting past three United players before laying the ball off to Daniel Sturridge, who proceeded to shoot wide.
Coutinho raced away from Juan Mata, wrong-footed Michael Carrick with a stepover and effortlessly breezed past Daley Blind. (Scroll down this page to watch the video).
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The Brazil international is playing with such confidence and is a joy to watch when on top of his game.
Few players in the Premier League would be capable of dribbling past three Manchester United stars at Old Trafford like Coutinho did on Thursday night - and with such elegance, too.
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Video: Coutinho's dribble v Man Utd
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Klopp: Coutinho scored 'perfect' goal
Coutinho’s chip over David de Gea was also fantastic - and after the match, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp described it as ‘a perfect goal’.
“What he did was brilliant. Phil had a genius moment,” Klopp was quoted as saying by the Daily Mail. “It was the most unexpected thing he could do in that situation — a perfect goal.”
Van Gaal praises Coutinho for his goal
Even Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal confessed that credit had to go to Coutinho for his audacity.
“You have to give credit to [Philippe] Coutinho. It was a fantastic action,” the veteran Dutch coach was quoted as saying by Manchester United’s official website.
Milner hails Coutinho
James Milner, who was deployed at left-back against the Red Devils, also heaped praise on Coutinho after the match.
"He's a brilliant player and he's only going to get better," the England international was quoted as saying by Goal. "He's still young, he's got all the tricks and he's got a great temperament.
"He's going to be a top, top player. He's got a great attitude to keep learning. You need that little bit of magic sometimes and it was great timing just before half-time."
Coutinho has silenced his doubters at Anfield
For £8.5 million, Coutinho has been a real bargain for the Reds.
The Brazilian failed to shine at Inter Milan - prompting fears he would never be cut out for European football - but he has silenced his doubters, in spectacular fashion, since arriving at Anfield.
Now widely regarded as one of Europe’s best playmakers, most of the continent’s top clubs would love to add the South American to their ranks.
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