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Philippe Coutinho's best goals for Liverpool after Hull screamer

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Three years on from his £8.5 million move from Inter Milan and Philippe Coutinho has firmly established himself as one of Liverpool's best ever signings.

Combining pace with skill, creativity and an eye for goal, the diminutive Brazilian has come on leaps and bounds since 2013, so much so that he's attracted interest from Barcelona.

It's easy to forget that he's still just 24.

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Coutinho was at his best once again during Liverpool's 5-1 victory over Hull City on Saturday, during which he scored another stunning long-range goal.

From 25 yards out, the attacking midfielder cut inside and lashed a brilliant strike past David Marshall and into the far-right corner.

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It was yet another reminder of Coutinho's ability from outside of the box; on so many occasions throughout his Liverpool career the Brazil international has picked the ball up and found either top corner.

Such is his reputation for long-range stunners that a compilation video (see below) has been made of his best goals for Liverpool - and it's a fantastic watch.

Our personal favourite is Coutinho's strike against Southampton last season (0:43).

Following Liverpool's win over Hull, Jurgen Klopp hailed his Brazilian star for his performance and the calibre of goals he scores.

Speaking to Liverpool's official website, he said: "I saw a lot of them when I was still in Germany, to be honest. I think he always scores goals like this!

"I would like to take the credit for his shooting ability, but I’m not responsible for this. It’s very good.

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"All his goals he scored were because we created the spaces, not to force [him] to shoot like this. In this moment it was the perfect finish, the absolutely perfect finish for the situation.

"We played with all offensive players, today something like eight. We played freely and patient football – a lot of movements, a lot of good passing patterns which I saw.

"I was really pleased with all this."

Coutinho clearly has a natural knack for scoring from long distance but, in 2015, he admitted to staying behind after training to practice his shooting and improve his goal tally for Liverpool.

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"There are always so many things to improve," he said.

"I’ve been working on assisting my team-mates even further and improving my goal tally as I understand this as being part of my role. I expect to do better on this.

"In training, I’ve been working with our coaches on specific tasks to better my final touch.

"Whenever possible, I have post-training sessions to work on improving my shooting accuracy."

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