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The best Premier League players wearing number 10 right now

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21.62K   //    26 Sep 2017, 13:44 IST

4. Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool FC v FC Sion - UEFA Europa League
Coutinho in action for Liverpool in the Europa League

The Brazilian was incessantly linked with Barcelona throughout the summer, as they desperately tried to sign him as a replacement for his compatriot Neymar.

He eventually ended up staying at Liverpool, possibly against his will, thanks to their exorbitantly high valuation of him at around £138 million. Barcelona then ended up signing Ousmane Dembele from Dortmund.

Liverpool signed him from Inter in the winter transfer window of 2013 for 8.5 million pounds, which in hindsight is an absolute joke. Brendan Rodgers immediately handed him the number 10 shirt as a sign of his faith in the youngster.

And he has repaid his transfer fee several times over. He is easily one of the best dribblers in the league, and also has an excellent eye for goal, having scored several screamers cutting in from the left.

He might be known for his extravagant goals, but he also has an extraordinary vision and passing range. He also became the Premier League's top scoring Brazilian when he scored his 30th goal in a win against Stoke.

His start to the season was affected by various factors: his failed move to Barcelona, a back injury, and the excellent form of Sadio Mane and Mohammed Salah.

Mane's suspension eventually led to his recall against Burnley in a disappointing 1-1 draw. He did, however, open his account against Leicester with a goal and an assist.

In spite of his troubled start to the season, he could very well go on to play another starring role for Liverpool. Rumours say that his Brazilian teammate Neymar convinced him not to join Barca in the summer, having left the Catalans for PSG himself.

If that is the case, and Liverpool have his full commitment, the Premier League will once again see the Brazilian flair of Coutinho this season.

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