When the Liverpool team was announced at around 2 pm yesterday, fans were full of optimism as Philippe Coutinho started his first game of the season.
Sadly, fans were brought crashing back down to reality as Jurgen Klopp's underperforming side were held to a 1-1 draw by Burnley.
Scott Arfield gave Sean Dyche's side the lead on 27 minutes, only for summer signing Mohamed Salah to equalise shortly after.
Liverpool pressed for an equaliser for the rest of the fixture, but were kept out by a determined Clarets defence, expertly marshalled by the impressive Ben Mee.
The Reds were nowhere near their frightening best like they were in the 4-0 victory over Arsenal and Coutinho was a huge source of frustration.
The Brazilian appeared to work hard and done some mazy dribbles but in reality, the 25-year-old was desperately below-par.
As you can see form the highlights video below, Coutinho tried way too many shots from distance when a teammate was in a far better position.
COUTINHO'S DISAPPOINTING HIGHLIGHTS
Liverpool fans were not happy and they openly voiced their frustration with their returning playmaker.
LIVERPOOL FANS SPEAK OUT
You can understand why they weren't overly happy with Coutinho and fans even cheered early in the first-half when he finally passed to left-back Andrew Robertson.
The Brazilian is renowned for his constant long distance shooting and it is an aspect of his game which he must fix.
His assist record suffers because of it and despite the fact he can score the odd worldie, most of his shots are off target.
Coutinho finally spoke out about his failed move to Barcelona this summer, with Liverpool somehow keeping hold of the former Inter Milan man.
"I was interested by the offer but now my focus is on having a good season with Liverpool and with the national team," Coutinho told ESPN Brasil, per Metro.
"It’s an honour to receive an offer from this club [Barcelona] but it is also an honour playing for Liverpool, I’ve always respected the club and the supporters."
Barca may return for the playmaker after the 2018 World Cup but if he doesn't rediscover his best form, they may look at another option.
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