Some things in life simply work better as a pair. Socks. Gloves. Kings. Ant simply couldn’t present any kind of prime time TV show without Dec. It wouldn’t work. Rumour is, if they’re ever more than 200 yards away from each other they’ll both spontaneously combust and the city of Newcastle will shut down for a month.
And now Liverpool have their own superstar pair. Brazilian boys Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino appear to have forged an electric bond between them – and the Reds’ fans are in for a treat when both are on the pitch.
Jurgen Klopp has had little luck with unjuries since his arrival, with Christian Benteke, Daniel Sturridge and Danny Ings all sidelined for periods, almost forcing the gaffer into playing both Brazilian boys. But whether by chance or by genius, he’s struck gold.
- Coutinho and Firmino have played together for 341 minutes this season. In that time they have contributed five goals and three assists – on average at least one of them has been involved in a goal every 43 minutes this year
- Without Firmino, Coutinho has played 658 minutes, scoring once and assisting two goals – an average of being involved in a goal every 219 minutes. Similarly, Firmino has played 99 minutes without Coutinho and failed to register a goal or assist
- The duo have been influential, starting both the 3-1 win away to Chelsea and the 4-1 win away to Manchester City together
While Klopp will have a dilemma on his hands in the coming weeks with Benteke now fully fit, and Daniel Sturridge getting even closer, for now Coutinho and Firmino’s relationship continues to blossom – and the duo can run riot at home to struggling Swansea on Sunday afternoon.
The Swans only win in their last nine games was a last-gasp 2-1 victory over an equally-poor Aston Villa side, in a result which ultimately cost Mr Ratio Tim Sherwood his job. It’s unsurprising therefore to see Liverpool at red-hot favourites at a super skinny to pick up three points at home this weekend. Perfect to include in your accumulator or in your Last Man Standing competitions, but hardly enticing if you’re looking for a Sunday punt.
More promising is one of Liverpool’s Brazilian boys to find the net at any time. Coutinho is an shot, while Firmino is slightly shorter at . They’ve scored a combined five goals in the last three top flight games, and are worth backing once again this weekend.
With the Reds firing on all cylinders and Swansea struggling, our main fancy is Liverpool to win and over 3.5 goals. It’s a punt that clicked for punters at 10/1 against Chelsea at the end of October and at 14/1 in the match against Manchester City last week, so we’re more than happy to go in again at this Sunday.
Swansea have managed to keep just two clean sheets this season, while 31 per cent of their games this season have featured four or more goals. The Reds have scored nine goals in their five top flight games since Klopp took the helm, and there’s proof that the goals will start to flow after scoring seven in two away games at City and Chelsea.
Swansea are being potentially set up for a hammering – all to the tune of Liverpool’s Brazilian beat.