It‘s one of those strange facts of football that despite providing the game with some of the greatest to ever, Brazilian players have never quite lit up the Premier League. Enshrined in the likes of Kleberson and Robinho, ‘Joga Bonito’ has never truly flourished in England apart from a few exceptions.
One of those notable exceptions has been Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho. The ex-Inter midfielder has been one of the brightest stars at Anfield in recent seasons and has been central to the attacking prowess of Jurgen Klopp’s system.
Just how successful Coutinho has been is testified by the fact that he is closing in on the record for the most league goals scored by a Brazilian – currently held by Middlesbrough FC legend Juninho Paulista.
Philippe Coutinho is just 1 goal away from levelling with Juninho to be the highest scoring Brazilian in Premier League history 👍🏻 pic.twitter.com/bdNKHv1yyI
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) April 5, 2017
‘The Little Fella’, as the 5’5’’ Juninho was known, managed 27 goals in his time at the Riverside and is regarded as one of the greatest players in the club’s history.
Coutinho needs just two more goals to hold the record outright. Considering his strike rate and the fact he has age on his side, the Liverpool man is well on the way to ending up with a tally that would take some beating in years to come.