Philippe Coutinho hoping for more goals next season

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Philippe Coutinho is aiming to score more goals for Liverpool next season, reports the club's official site. 

The Brazilian had an excellent 2014/15 campaign and scooped four prizes at the Reds' end of season awards, including Players Player of the Year.

He too was named in the PFA Team of the Year and netted eight goals in all competitions which included impressive strikes away against Southampton and Manchester City at Anfield.

Brendan Rodgers urged Coutinho to add more goals to his game at the start of the term and the play-maker certainly answered his manager by improving his tally previously by three. 

And the 22-year-old is confident he can once again top his previous effort and reach double figures next year.

“You always strive for consistency. The game here in England is more intense both with the ball and without the ball," he told Liverpool's official magazine.

"I have been trying to adapt so that I can play that kind of game and have a greater intensity about my work.

"[Goalscoring] is something I am working on in every training session. That element of my game has improved but my objective is to try to increase those numbers again and I will be aiming to next season.

"People have to remember that when I came here, I was taken out of an Inter Milan team where I wasn't really playing.

"I thank Brendan for that. Liverpool have provided me with a platform to play regularly in one of the best leagues in the world.

"Brendan is always available to talk to and for me that is very important."

Diamond In Rough

The Merseyside outfit's effort this season was bitterly disappointing and finished sixth in the Premier League and failed to win a piece of silverware. 

Headlines were created for the wrong reasons throughout, with Raheem Sterling's contract situation well documented and Steven Gerrard leaving the club too being something heavily talked about.

Many of last summer's recruits failed to make an impact, however, Coutinho sparkled throughout and deservingly won most awards at the end of season awards night at the Liverpool Echo Arena last month. 

He menaced defenders throughout and his aforementioned strikes against Manchester City and Southampton were sublime and both could have won Goal of the Year.


Although he had his shooting boots on, Coutinho only managed five assists throughout the year which will have disappointed him.

He didn't, however, have the greatest attacking line ahead of him. Coutinho struggled to build a relationship with Mario Balotelli who's movement was well below par and the pair never gelled.

Sterling and Coutinho did fair better together and plenty of chances were created, but, the England international's finishing was nowhere near good enough and missed several glorious chances.

Rodgers will be looking to bring a goalscorer and the former Inter Milan man will be hoping he can build a positive rapport and have his hard work be justified.

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