Philippe Coutinho scores brilliant long range free-kick

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Philippe Coutinho never scores a scrappy goal.

Liverpool may have been on the back foot for most of the first half against Arsenal in their season opener, but their fans should know by now that the Brazilian can score a goal with anything and from anywhere.

Theo Walcott made up for his earlier penalty miss by finding the back of the net 68 seconds later to give the Gunners the lead but Coutinho's stunning free-kick on the stroke of half-time has put Jurgen Klopp's men right back into the game.

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Coutinho had earned the foul after ironically being held by Arsenal debutant Rob Holding and punished the youngster by dispatching the strike from over 30 yards out.

It usually takes something special to beat Petr Cech from a set piece and that is exactly what the Liverpool star delivered.

As the video below shows, Cech even took a step to the right as soon as the 24-year-old struck the ball but it still wasn't enough to get a touch on the perfectly placed free-kick.

One man who will be particularly relieved is Coutinho's teammate, Alberto Moreno, who had a nightmare start to the 2016/17 season.

His ridiculous tackle gave away the penalty and he was also thought to be at fault for when Walcott did eventually find the back of the net just over a minute later.

Klopp's side might not have exactly deserved to be level with Arsenal at the break but Adam Lallana and Coutinho's early goals in the second period suggests the German has successfully rallied his men during the interval

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