Philippe Coutinho is The Mastermind‘s Player of the Week for Gameweek 1.
Liverpool were poor in the first half of their opening game against Arsenal, but just before half time, a stroke of Coutinho magic from 28m out got them back on level terms and allowed them to go into the second half with guns blazing and put together an amazing performance that only started to fall away after the Brazilian star had to go off due to injury.
Philippe Coutinho put in a masterclass of a performance against Arsenal, carrying his side to victory by scoring two magical goals and being the difference maker in the final third of the pitch for Liverpool. The Brazilian attacker was involved in every one of Liverpool’s attacks and was highly influential throughout the match. Not only did he get the Reds level at half time, but he also scored a fantastic goal to give his side a 3-1 lead before Sadio Mane made it 4-1 later on. On top of that, his touch to set Georginio Wijnaldum free on what became Adam Lallana’s goal was also incredible and when his legs cramped up and he had to come off in the 70th minute, Liverpool weren’t the same team and struggled to keep the pressure on Arsenal. But Coutinho was just so influential for Liverpool that even after he came off, they were able to see the game out and win the match 4-3. In his amazing performance, Coutinho also created 2 chances and had 3 shots in the match, all 3 of which were on target, and 2 of which found the back of the net. Without Philippe Coutinho, Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool would not have beaten a very poor Arsenal side and started the campaign off in the right way. Philippe Coutinho is The Mastermind’s Barclays Premier League Player of the Week.
Make sure to check out The Mastermind’s Team of the Week for GW1 down below,