Philippe Coutinho exit a blessing in disguise for Liverpool


Mark Schwarzer has claimed Philippe Coutinho’s exit has been a “blessing in disguise” for Liverpool.

Liverpool’s attack has been faring well since Coutinho left Anfield for Spanish giants Barcelona and it was evident during their Champions League clash with Manchester City. The Citizens were no match for a blistering Liverpool on Tuesday night as they lost 3-0 results which saw Klopp’s side get an advantage in the first leg.  Following the Brazilian’s departure, Liverpool was expected to struggle in front of goal but Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah have been instrumental.

Schwarzer, who played as a goalkeeper for Fulham, Chelsea and Leicester thinks Coutinho’s exit has improved Liverpool as an attacking force. Speaking to Sky Sports’ The Debate he said, “Liverpool don’t have the squad that Manchester City has. Manchester City is able to play at a high level because they have players who can come in and keep them at the same high level. They (Liverpool) have shown, on isolated moments, that they can match the best and Manchester City are the best at the moment. Over two legs Liverpool needs to show they can do it. Liverpool have been in evolution for a very long time, but under Jurgen Klopp, they have got progressively got better with every season, and this season they have stepped up again with the link up between Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino.”

“If anything, Coutinho leaving has been a blessing in disguise because those three have got even better since he left,” he added.

Liverpool head to Goodison Park on Saturday to face local rivals Everton in the Merseyside derby.

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