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Coutinho attempted one of the best goals in Premier League history.

Philippe Coutinho attempts to recreate Dennis Bergkamp's goal against Newcastle

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Philippe Coutinho scored one of the best goals of his career one week ago.

Cutting in from the left, the Brazil star hit a thunderous effort past Sergio Romero in the Argentina goal.

Liverpool fans have grown used to seeing similar acts of genius from Coutinho on a pretty regular basis.

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There was the free-kick at the Emirates Stadium on the opening day of the season. The brilliant run and finish against Manchester United in last season’s Europa League. The 30-yard effort against Southampton in 2015.

Pick your favourite. There’s plenty to choose from.

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Bergkamp's memorable goal

We know he can score a beautiful goal. But how about one of the most magical goals in Premier League history?

BT Sport had Coutinho attempt to recreate Dennis Bergkamp’s mercurial goal against Newcastle United in 2002 as part of their #GoalsRecreated campaign.

Check out the results below.

Coutinho got there in the end. It says a lot about the difficulty of Bergkamp’s goal that it took him four attempts while marked by a defender who didn’t put up a challenge.

The Dutchman had just one opportunity and he nailed it.

Fourteen years on

It’s hard to understate how perfect Bergkamp’s goal was. Fourteen years and it still maintains a special place in Premier League folklore.

“I thought the ball was a little too much behind me so I had to turn to control it,” Bergkamp said of Robert Pires’ pass, via The Guardian.

“The quickest way to turn the ball was going that way. It looked a bit special or strange or nice but for me it was the quickest way to the goal. The finish: it was just trying to get it past the goalkeeper in such a way he cannot reach it.”

Andy O'' Brien, Dennis Bergkamp

Thierry Henry was in awe

Bergkamp’s former Arsenal teammate, Thierry Henry, was as impressed with the finish as he was with the turn.

“Usually when you do something amazing you get carried away,” Henry said. “How many times did you see a guy do a great control and then rush the finish? Dennis did something amazing but then stayed composed. That’s the difference between great players and normal players.”

Bergkamp added: “The whole move was inch perfect. It could have gone completely wrong but that time it worked.”

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Thierry Henry
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Dennis Bergkamp
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