It would appear that Alberto Moreno isn’t the only Liverpool player with a questionable animal tattoo about his person.
At one point during the Reds’ midweek training session, Philippe Coutinho bared his midriff and duly displayed a brand new, somewhat perplexing addition to his collection of body art.
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Yes, you are seeing that correctly — it is indeed Disney stalwart Mickey Mouse, needled indelibly onto a 24-year-old man’s torso.
Feel free to add your own ‘Mickey Mouse outfit’ punchlines at this juncture.
The Brazilian’s form since returning from injury has been well below that of the opening months of the season, culminating in his early withdrawal against Burnley on Sunday.
The 24-year-old produced one of his worst performances of the season against the Clarets and he paid the price for it when he was substituted in the 60th minute with the score still level at 1-1.
His replacement, 17-year-old Ben Woodburn, had just seven minutes of Premier League experience to his name but that did not stop Jurgen Klopp giving his star player the hook.
The ‘Little Magician’ was his brilliant self against Arsenal just eight days previous but that has been the anomaly in his 12 appearances (three as sub) since returning from injury in January.
Coutinho scored five goals and grabbed five assists in 13 Premier League appearances prior to the ankle injury he suffered in the 2-0 victory against Sunderland back in November.
Alongside Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana, he contributed to the most deadly attack in the league and with him in the side, Liverpool won nine games and lost just once in the opening stages of the season.
However, his return from injury has been much less magical, and he has just one goal and one assist in those 12 appearances in all competitions.
It could be argued that Liverpool’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League could rest on whether the two-times Reds’ player of the year can regain his level. Like his teammates, Coutinho’s season so far has been inconsistent and that needs to change.