Coutinho 'best player in EPL'

Coutinho 'best player in EPL'
Former Liverpool player Robbie Fowler (centre) handing out two free tickets for the EPL Masters Singapore Cup during the autograph and photo session with Masters footballers, including former Red Steve Harkness (left) and ex-Man U player Lee Sharpe, at One Raffles Place.

He has been out since mid-September with an injured shoulder.

So what impact will the imminent return of Philippe Coutinho have on a Liverpool side riding high in second spot in the English Premier League (EPL)?

According to the Reds' former striker Robbie Fowler, the Brazilian could be as galvanising as a blockbuster signing just before the end of a transfer window.

In fact, the 38-year-old - who is in Singapore to participate in the IG Masters sixes football tournament - even rates the attacking midfielder as the best player of this EPL season, even though he has not played for a month, missing three league games as a result.

The player once nicknamed "God" by adoring Liverpool fans said on Friday: "Coutinho is a great player and he is one I would love to play alongside.

"He may have been injured but he is a big player in the Premier League. He has been fantastic since he has been at Liverpool."

Signed from Inter Milan during January's transfer window last season, Coutinho has lit up Anfield with his tricky dribbles and carefully-weighted through-balls to set up strikers Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez.

While the strike duo are getting all the plaudits for their scoring exploits, Fowler - whose 163 goals make him the EPL's fifth-highest ever scorer - believes the key man is the pocket-sized 21-year-old operating just behind them.

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