After putting four past Arsenal on Sunday, there’s been a lot of “the more things change, the more they stay the same” observations flying around. An electric attack saw Liverpool at will after going in to the break with a goal a piece, but their pious defence saw their hosts pull two back and set up a nervy finish as Reds fans around the world tried to figure out whether or not this is the start of a new season or a continuation of the old one. Thankfully, one thing that hasn’t changed is the genius that is Philippe Coutinho with the Brazilian bagging a goal on their side of the half en-route to a Man of the Match performance.
“Philippe got us back in the game with a brilliant goal, to come in level. Then the manager said a lot of things we needed to improve on in the second half and I felt we did that. We came out firing in the second half and got some brilliant goals,” said Liverpool captain Philippe Coutinho, full of praise for the 23-year old after he scored a miraculous free-kick and added a second by turning in Nathaniel Clyne’s pin-point cross. “Phil again came up trumps with the free-kick. We were working on them a couple of days ago – there’s just no chance anyone is getting anywhere near a free-kick,” enthused Adam Lallana, who was also on the score-sheet. “But we all want him to have them because he can produce that, and I think that’s the best I’ve ever seen him score. It was further out than usual and it was right in the top corner, the keeper had no chance.”
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As far as opening day performances go, that was one to remember — though Coutinho is no stranger to early season heroics having bagged the winner away to Stoke City in the first game of last season. While that was a turgid affair with only one moment of sparkling quality to brighten the afternoon, matches between Liverpool and Arsenal have rarely disappointed and Sunday at the Emirates was no exception as both sides played some fantastic football. With that being said, the Brazilian’s free-kick is the highlight of a match filled packed to the brim with blockbuster moments.
“In the first 20 minutes we didn’t play very well, in the way the manager wanted. Then we showed we are fit, we were training hard in pre-season. We had a good second half,” explained the Reds attacker, speaking to the club’s official website. “I think it was my best one. I keep trying,” said Coutinho when asked about his inch perfect free-kick. “It was a good game, a tough game and we are happy because we won. Now we have to focus on the next game.”