It was only two years ago when Liverpool were just four games away from the Premier League title and being talked about as a group of players capable of returning the glory days to Anfield.
However, after falling just short behind Manchester City, the Reds have now failed to win a major trophy since 2012 and look set to once again miss out on Champions League football.
Amongst Liverpool's squad is one player who fans cite as the man to return their beloved club to the top, yet he might not be quite as good as people think - Philippe Coutinho.
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Last summer, then manager Brendan Rodgers spent big on the likes of Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke, who were signed with the intention of linking up with Coutinho to boost their chances of success.
This plan hasn’t quite worked out, though, and amidst a disappointing campaign which saw Rodgers sacked as manager last October, the Merseysiders currently sit ninth and seven points short of the top four.
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And whilst he's delivered some fine performances on occasion this campaign, it's been yet another where Coutinho has failed to live up to his billiing and perform on a consistent basis.
The Brazilian has scored just six goals and made five assists in the Premier League, but with the creative likes of Firmino, Daniel Sturridge and Adam Lallana supporting him, these numbers should arguably be higher.
Furthermore, half of Coutinho's goals have come during defeats, suggesting his contributions have rarely brought success.
The 23-year-old score only five goals last campaign too; for a player of the talent he clearly possesses, he should be aiming for nearer ten goals and assists per season.
Rumours linking Liverpool with a move for Bayern Munich’s Mario Gotze serve to suggest Jurgen Klopp might hold some reservations over Coutinho. If the Germany international were to complete a move to Anfield, it's highly likely he would start in the Brazil international's favoured number 10 position.
As mentioned, Coutinho has previously shown he's capable of producing moments of pure quality, but until his consistency dramatically improves, world-class status will remain out of his reach.
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