Lawrenson: Coutinho ‘becoming a one-trick pony’

Date published: Sunday 25th October 2015 11:14

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Former Liverpool player Mark Lawrenson says that Anfield star Philippe Coutinho is “becoming something of a one-trick pony”.

In his column for the Liverpool Echo, former Reds centre-back Lawrenson claims that Coutinho is not having a big enough impact on games and said talk of a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid is pie in the sky.

“Klopp has probably looked at Coutinho’s performances over the last few months and thought ‘I keep reading about what a player you are, but I’m not really seeing it’,” Lawrenson wrote.

“That inability to grab a game by the scruff of the neck has been a problem all season. I don’t think Coutinho is giving the team enough.

“As for this talk of a possible move away from Anfield, Coutinho needs a bit of a reality check. He ain’t going to Barcelona or Real Madrid any time soon.

“He’s in danger of becoming something of a one-trick pony. Stepover from the left, cut inside and have a shot. Stepover from the left, cut inside and have a shot. And so on.”

Lawrenson even suggested that Coutinho could be dropped soon by Jurgen Klopp.

“Liverpool are overly-blessed with potential number 10s – Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino and even James Milner would fancy a run in the position – so Klopp could be left with a decision to make if Coutinho doesn’t get his finger out soon,” added Lawrenson.

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