Paul Merson Thinks Philippe Coutinho's Wage At Liverpool Is Too High
Paul Merson is no stranger to controversy and his latest comments about Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho have certainly raised eyebrows, but is he actually right this time round?
Coutinho recently signed a new deal that will keep him at Liverpool until 2022, but Merson believes Liverpool are paying the Brazilian too much money for his performances on the pitch.
In his recent Daily Star column, Merson states that Coutinho is not 'world class' and is no way near the standard of Chelsea's Eden Hazard. He also talks about the midfielder's goalscoring record and his 150,000 per-week wage package.
In his recent Daily Star column titled: 'Philippe Coutinho isn't world class, Arsenal won't win the league' Merson says the following about Liverpool's number 10:
"Jurgen Klopp says Coutinho is world class. But he's not. He's not a Cristiano Ronaldo. He's not even an Eden Hazard in my opinion.
"Coutinho's scored five goals in the league. Joe Allen at Stoke has scored as many as that. Leroy Fer at Swansea has scored more."
"A lot of his goals are worldies as well. They dry up sooner or later. He needs to find other ways to score.
"He also has five assists but that doesn't even put him in the top ten this season. So £150,000-a-week is a lot to be paying him.
"I don't even think he's Liverpool's best player. Sadio Mane is probably more important to them and they've really missed him."
Thoughts on Merson's comments? Is Coutinho worth every penny or are Liverpool paying too much for the playmaker?
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