There is nothing quite like an inspired bit of skill or a big finish to brighten up your week, and, here at SHOOT, we are always on the lookout for the best to bring you.
This time we’ve selected Philippe Coutinho’s world-class goal for FC Barcelona against Manchester United.
Following Jordi Alba’s touch down from Lionel Messi’s drilled pass, Barca’s number seven took a few touches to shift the ball inside before unleashing a trademark strike across David de Gea into the top corner.
The strike, which made it 3-0 to the La Liga side on the night and 4-0 on aggregate, saw the Catalan club advance to the last four for the first time since 2015.
You wouldn’t know it if you’d just seen the Brazilian’s moment of magic at the Camp Nou, but Coutinho has endured a difficult time since his £142million move from Liverpool in January 2018.
Signed as a long-term replacement for Andres Iniesta – no pressure – the playmaker has struggled for form and earlier this term lost his place in the starting XI.
If you were to believe recent reports, the former Inter Milan man is set to move on this summer with Paris Saint-Germain, Chelsea and Manchester United all linked with a move.
Due to his close links to Liverpool, fans of United don’t seem so keen but following his eye-catching five-year spell at Anfield there’s no question he’d be a quality addition to any top Premier League club.
During his time on Merseyside, the South American star scored 54 times in 201 appearances in which time he cemented himself as an important member of the Brazil national team.
Six months after his big-money transfer to Barcelona, he was a key member of the Brazil national team at the 2018 World Cup where he registered two goals and two assists as his country reached the quarter-finals.
Many expected him to bounce back from Russia full of confidence and ready to endear himself to the Barca fans.
However, as shown in his ear cupping celebration on Tuesday, all is not rosy between Philippe and the fans despite 11 goals and five assists in all competitions,
Time will only tell what the summer brings and where Coutinho’s future will be but for now let’s just enjoy this beauty of a goal which Liverpool fans became so used to seeing.
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