Liverpool’s attacking maestro Philippe Coutinho has admitted that he is putting in extra training sessions to work on his shooting in order to score more goals for the Reds.
The former Inter Milan playmaker has provided plenty of assists since moving to Anfield two years ago, but he hasn’t been able to contribute as regularly on the goals column as he would like to.
And in the absence of star striker Daniel Sturridge this season, the onus has been on the other attacking players to step up and cover the goals of the injured England international. The striking trio of Mario Balotelli, Rickie Lambert and Fabio Borini have only scored three Premiership goals between them – two for Lambert and one for Borini – and so winger Raheem Sterling has been put up top of late.
Brazil international Coutinho would like to weigh in with his fair share of goals after scoring just two league strikes so far this season and so has begun extra training time.
“I’m feeling very happy because the team have been playing well again.” he told Liverpoolfc.com
“This is so important as everyone does better individually when we are doing well as a team.
“We’re constantly looking to improve and, as I said, I for one know I have to improve a few things. I want to be a player who will score goals more often.
“We’re in a good shape at the moment and we’ll have a few opportunities to test that in all games and competitions we have ahead of us.”
Liverpool face West Ham this weekend in a crunch encounter in the battle for a top four spot and Coutinho will be hoping to put his training efforts into practice.