‘Liverpool Have Improved Without Coutinho’ Says Ex Liverpool Midfielder
Former Liverpool and Manchester United midfielder Paul Ince says that Liverpool have improved since they sold Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona in January.
The Reds are through to the semi-finals of the Champions League, while Barcelona tumbled out to Roma in the quarter-finals.
‘Pool are on fine form and former England midfielder Ince, who spent two years at Anfield, says the team have improved since Coutinho left for La Liga.
“When you look at Liverpool’s recent performances, they’re on another planet to the rest of the league in terms of balance and having the right mix in the team,” Ince told Paddy Power.
“The amazing thing is, that’s is all of the back of Philippe Coutinho leaving. Everyone thought that when he left that it would weaken Liverpool – but it’s actually strengthened them!
“That’s because they were probably too reliant on the Brazilian. Everything had to go through him. With him out of the picture, other people have stepped up and not just Mo Salah.
“Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino all have showed they’re not in Coutinho’s shadow.
“It’s much more of a team effort now, rather than it being all about one player. Yes, Salah is the standout man and that’s obvious, but every one of them puts a shift in.”