Rumours abound that Manchester United are eyeing up a move for Coutinho.
Don’t panic Liverpool fans, for this isn’t the diminutive playmaker who dazzles the Anfield faithful from time to time, but Atletico Paranaense’s Douglas Coutinho.
The 20-year-old striker has caught the eye of Red Devils’ scouts after scoring seven goals in 26 Brazilian top-tier appearances this term.
This may not paint the most ravenous picture of the youngster, but when you factor in that half of these games saw him emerge from the bench, this is undoubtedly a respectable haul.
After allowing Danny Welbeck and Javier Hernandez to leave Old Trafford this summer, Man Utd – 6/4 to win the Premier League without Manchester City or Chelsea – could use some reinforcements in attack, especially given the continued injury problems incurred by Radamel Falcao.
Coutinho’s stats this term are those of the archetypal predatory striker.
He’s rustles the net once every 180.8 minutes in the Brasileirao, a strong rate especially considering Ateltico are a far cry from the most prolific outfit in the league.
With just 38 goals to their name so far, only two teams are less lethal in the entire top half of the Brazilian equivalent of the Premier League, Coutinho has contributed just under a fifth of these.
His impact in almost every other department isn’t quite as impressive though.
Despite pocketing four man of the match awards, Coutinho has assisted just one strike and averages a paltry 0.4 key passes per game.
A mere 64.4 per cent of his attempts to pick out a teammate find the mark, which is especially damning given that he typically attempts just 10.6 passes per outing.
He’s not much of a dribbler either, running with the ball at an average of 0.5 times per outing.
Clearly, Douglas is most unlike his Liverpool counterpart, but has all the hallmarks of the perfect predator.