Philippe Coutinho made his full debut for Liverpool on Sunday, scoring his first goal for his new club just seconds after the restart.
Luis Suarez, who also found the back of the net in a 5-0 trouncing of Swansea, played the ball from the left to the streaking Brazilian, who ran at two defenders before unleashing a shot that goalkeeper Michel Vorm was only partially able to handle.
It was Coutinho’s first tally since October 4, when he scored what would prove to be his last goal for Inter Milan in the Europa League against Neftchi. Despite a productive loan spell at Espanyol in 2012, he was never able to nail down a place at the San Siro and last month joined Liverpool for £8.5 million.
A goal so soon after joining the Reds should do wonders for Coutinho’s confidence. And as the 20-year-old’s performances seem particularly tied to his self-belief, this will no doubt come as encouraging news to Liverpool fans as well.
Before Sunday, the Anfield outfit had failed to win a single match against a top-10 side this season. But in the end, they were helped out by Swansea manager Michael Laudrup’s decision to field a weakened squad with an eye to next Sunday’s League Cup final against Bradford City at Wembley.