Date: 14 May 2017 11:13
Philippe Coutinho achieved a personal milestone during Liverpool’s Premier League game against West Ham at the London Stadium.
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The Brazilian, who joined Liverpool from Inter in January 2013, was involved in three goals in a single game for the club for the first time since his arrival at Anfield.
Coutinho created the opening goal of the match on 35 minutes when he played a superb pass from inside his own half to set Daniel Sturridge away to score.
He then increased Liverpool’s lead on 57 minutes with a low shot from just outside the area before scoring again four minutes later when he emphatically finished off a counterattack.
3 - Philippe Coutinho has been directly involved in three goals in a single game for Liverpool for the first time. Exceptional.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 14, 2017
There was also something notable about Coutinho’s first goal of the game as it was the 14th he has scored from outside the penalty area since his Liverpool debut.
14 - Philippe Coutinho has scored 14 goals from outside the area since his Premier League debut; no player has scored more. Archer.— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 14, 2017
And Coutinho clearly enjoys his trips to the capital as the two previous occasions he has scored twice in a Premier League game have come while he has been in London.
3 - All three of Philippe Coutinho's PL braces have come in London (also v Chelsea in Oct 2015 and Arsenal in Aug 2016). Capital. pic.twitter.com/0YXvGlwl20— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) May 14, 2017
His influence, both at West Ham and over the course of the season, has been integral in Liverpool’s quest to qualify for next season’s Champions League.