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Coutinho Concerns Continue

Prior to getting injured, Philippe Coutinho was in the form of his Liverpool career and was making a case to be the league’s player of the year. Since the injury, his return has been no less than concerning. That trend continued with only glimmers of hope at City.

For the first half, the Brazilian might as well not have been on the pitch. The rest of the team carried him as he could neither make decent decisions nor gain much by graft. It has now truly become a worrisome pattern.

In the second half, the little magician began to play himself into things and even showed flashes of his conjuring connections, sending countryman Roberto Firmino clean through with a cutting ball against the grain behind the defence. Whether it will be enough for him to gain the confidence he needs is unclear. Plus, he got the early hook yet again.