Liverpool legend wouldn’t start Philippe Coutinho in Sunday’s clash against Manchester United
Liverpool legend John Aldridge believes current Reds boss Brendan Rodgers should drop Philippe Coutinho for this weekend’s clash against Manchester United.
The crunch Premier League fixture is set to be a cracker and although the Brazilian playmaker has enjoyed a large degree of success since moving to Anfield last year, Aldridge wouldn’t start him on Sunday.
He spoke to the Liverpool Echo about the derby match and explained why he wouldn’t start Coutinho.
Aldridge said: “A lot of debate will centre on the type of team Brendan Rodgers will pick at Old Trafford, I am sure. I think Joe Allen will start, and I can see exactly why, as well.
“You need grafters when you go to places like Old Trafford, and a midfield of Allen, Jordan Henderson and Steve Gerrard is full of graft.
“United struggle in central midfield, it is well documented, so I would make that part of the field as strong as possible.
“If that means leaving Philippe Coutinho on the bench, then so be it.
“Coutinho has looked a little jaded in the last couple of games. Mind you, it’s not a bad option to have to bring off the bench.”
The Brazilian wil certainly be hoping to start Sunday’s match but if he is restricted to a substitute role he’ll do his best to make a positive impression on the match.