Video: Philippe Coutinho individual highlights vs Arsenal

Philippe Coutinho returned to action after over a month out when he came on as a half-time substitute in Liverpool’s 2-0 defeat at Arsenal on Saturday.

The 21-year-old Brazilian replaced Aly Cissokho to help bolster Liverpool’s attacking options, but despite some moments of promise, Liverpool failed to break through the Gunners’ resolute defence.

It was Coutinho’s first appearances since suffering a should injury against Swansea City back in September, and whilst he troubled Arsenal, his passes looked somewhat rusty.

Brendan Rodgers spoke to the club’s official website after the defeat in North London and explained why he introduced Coutinho to the game.

“To get even 45 minutes out of him was good because he only got clearance on his shoulder on Tuesday,” he said.

“So there’s no way he could have been able to play more than the length of time that he did.

“The system that we have been playing has worked really well and I think in every system you can get exposed, and in the system that we play that can happen on the sides.

“In parts of the first half, I wasn’t so happy because they had good possession and were able to exploit us in that area – hence the reason why we made the change.”

Take a look at the individual highlights video above and let us know your thoughts on Coutinho’s comeback performance in the comments below.

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  • BEAST

    It’s great to have COUTINHO back.He’s got the keys to unlock defenses!

  • silentstan

    thought he was poor

    • CARR71

      hes been poor all season mate ,but hes a fans favourite so we have to overlook the fact

      • BEAST

        No matter who the player is, if healthy bad performances should never get overlooked.Fans however will always show selective support for their favourite players.You’ve done the same thing CARR71 so try not to be so judgemental.
        PC was below standard for 4 Premier League matches and then got injured.No LIVERPOOL fan would say he’s had last seasons impact in the handful of games he featured in this campaign.
        We should just acknowledge COUTINHO is one of our better players who can make a big difference to our team and hope he gets back to level he’s showed us before.
        Some fans want to moan about a comeback performance from injury, that has sidelined him for weeks.l’m a bit more patient and will wait a few games until he gets match fit and fully up to speed with the game, before criticising him if he deserves it.

        • CARR71

          i was not moaning about is performance i was agreeing with stan,the facts are he has been poor , last season he was great this season upto now average at best ,i just hope the opposition have not sussed him out ,and if hes not fit he should not be in the team ,i am get sick of posters making constant excuses for bad performances according to one poster sakho is still struggling for match fitness how long does he need,if they need match fitness they should be getting it else were not at arsenal

  • oliverpool

    are you sure he was poor! See the his touches in the 45 mins he played! I say he did more then any other player did in 90 mins!

  • Raju

    I completely agree.. He is trying for the through balls..In that scenario u should not check the statistics..

  • Breaking Bad

    He was the only thing that made me watch the 2nd half