Philippe Coutinho leads Premier League for goals scored from outside the area since 2012/13

Philippe Coutinho leads Premier League for goals scored from outside the area since 2012/13

Philippe Coutinho has been, simply, magic for Liverpool since moving to Merseyside in 2013.

The Brazilian superstar is now arguably the Reds’ most important player, having gone from promising youngster to outstanding talent in the last few years.

The departure of some big names has seen Coutinho take on a leadership role as well at Anfield but the playmaker still brings moments of pure brilliance, as shown with his goals scored from distance stat.

Coutinho – who was reportedly the subject of a £72m bid from Barcelona this week – has scored more goals from outside the penalty area since he moved to the Premier League.

The 25-year-old signed for the Reds in January 2013 and since then 15 of his league goals have been from outside the box.

Manchester City’s Yaya Toure is next on the list with 14, an amount that is also shared by Christian Eriksen of Tottenham.

Former Liverpool striker Luis Suarez comes in fourth with 12, an amount made significantly more impressive when we consider he left for Barcelona in the summer of 2014.

Three players in Sergio Aguero, Wayne Rooney and Gylfi Sigurdsson are tied on 11 goals from outside the area in the same period.