Philippe Coutinho is arguably the best player Liverpool have at their disposal. The Brazilian midfielder was named in the PFA team of the year last season and showed his immense talents with a stunning strike in the 1-0 opening day win at Stoke City.
Coutinho is expected to be the focal point of Liverpool's team throughout the coming season as the club hope to reclaim their place in the Champions League.
However Anfield legend Ian Rush believes his former club are playing a dangerous game building their team solely around the 23-year-old play-maker.
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The Merseyside legend – who scored a mind-blowing 346 goals during his fifteen seasons at Anfield - is however enthused at the prospect of the play-maker linking up with Liverpool’s new signing.
Rush, speaking exclusively to 888sport ahead of the new season, said: “Liverpool have got too many players to do that. Coutinho is a quality player who has come back in form but you can’t build a team around one individual because if he gets injured you then don’t have a plan a, b, or c. And we have that.”
“I think Benteke coming in has helped Coutinho a lot. He holds the ball up and Coutinho gets into those little pockets and when he gets into those he is very dangerous and can run at you.”
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Following the sale of Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling and Steven Gerrard over the last two summers the pressure of expectation at Liverpool has fallen onto the shoulder of Coutinho.
The Brazilian showcased his talents during a poor season for the Anfield club and has continued his form this season, but with a number of new additions of a higher quality at Liverpool Coutinho should excel this season.
Read Ian Rush's full interview on Balotelli, Sterling and Arsenal away at 888sport.com
With a striker in the mould of Benteke you would expect Coutinho to chip in with more assists than he did last season, and as Rush said, the former Aston Villa man's ability to hold up the ball should allow the number ten to get into more goalscoring positions.
The added creativity of Firmino, once he comes into the starting line-up, should also lead to Liverpool being a more creative team and stop the reliance on Coutinho to make things happen.
Liverpool fans what are you expectations this season? Can Coutinho take you back into the top four? Have your say below!
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