Philippe Coutinho has been named Liverpool’s player of the year for 2015-16.
The Brazilian might need a helping hand after winning four awards at Liverpool’s end of season ceremony. As well as the top gong, Coutinho collected the players’ player of the year award, performance of the season and goal of the season.
It was a memorable night too for Emre Can, who was named Liverpool’s young player of the year.
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Coutinho has now won the main prize two years on the trot. The award is voted for by the fans, who recognised the 23-year-old’s brilliance in what could turn out to be a memorable season for the Reds.
He has scored 12 goals in all competitions and assisted six. And for sheer entertainment, there are few better in the Premier League to watch than the diminutive playmaker.
His goal against Manchester United in the Europa League round-of-16 clash at Old Trafford won goal of the season. Check out the delightful finish below.
Coutinho was a nightmare for the other Manchester team this season, too. His display in the 4-1 win against Manchester City, in which he scored a goal and assisted another, was recognised as performance of the season.
“This year has been very special for me because my daughter was born,” the former Inter Milan player said. “She gives me the strength to work hard every day.”
Well, Coutinho’s daughter has four new toys to play with.
Can collected silverware
Behind Coutinho, Can’s relentless work in midfield earned him the young player of the year trophy. The 22-year-old, who admitted he wants to become an Anfield “legend”, said: “It’s a big honour. I want to say thank you to my teammates, the manager, the staff and the fans as well.”
Manager Jurgen Klopp attended the bash at the Exhibition Centre in Liverpool and further endeared himself to the fans by claiming he will do “everything” possible to bring silverware to Merseyside.
“My players deserve to go to a final,” he said. “Me and my coaching staff will do everything we can to bring silverware to Liverpool.
“But we can still qualify for Europe through the Premier League and we hope to beat West Brom first.”
The Reds will qualify for the Champions League if they beat Sevilla in the Europa League final.
Elsewhere, Brad Smith took home the academy’s players’ player of the year gong and Martha Harris was voted players’ player of the season by her Liverpool Ladies teammates.