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GUARDIAN – Philippe Coutinho seeking a silver lining to his and Liverpool’s season

The Brazilian has enjoyed a breakthrough campaign at Anfield but wants it to end with tangible reward in the shape of the FA Cup• Liverpool’s lightning raiders too quick for Newcastle• Liverpool’s Ibe and Sterling warned over conductNot every Liverpool contract remains unsigned and gathering dust for months. In January Philippe Coutinho claimed he had not discussed extending a deal that still had three years remaining. In February he committed his future to the club until 2020. The exception is developing into the exceptional at Anfield.There was a moment during Monday’s 2-0 win over Newcastle United that underlined the confidence coursing through the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the Year nominee at present. Gliding away from Tim Krul’s goal with three Newcastle players for company, Coutinho removed the trio from the equation with an outrageous backheel to Alberto Moreno inside the penalty area. The applause from Brendan Rodgers continued long after the attack had petered out. Continue reading…

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