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Nov 25, 2005
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Klopp: Coutinho like Del Piero

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp claims he has not seen a player like Philippe Coutinho since Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero.
Coutinho began his European career at Inter but made his name with Klopp’s Liverpool, prior to joining Barcelona for big money in January 2018.
The Brazil attacker has since moved on to Bayern Munich, who have brought him in on a season-long loan with an option to buy.
“He’s a very dominant player who can help shape a team,” the Coach told Kicker.
“Of course, he still needs to settle in so he won’t be dominant right away, but they’re still getting a great player.
“He didn’t play in his favourite position of No 10 with us that much. He can play as a great No 8 or left winger because he’s strong in tight spaces and also quick enough in lots of space.
“He has an outstanding eye for goal. Not since Alessandro Del Piero have I seen anyone finish off moves from the left so frequently.
“Bayern need him. Now they have to integrate him and look after him so that they get the full package.
“The Bundesliga will then have itself a great player.”
 

Marc

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Jul 14, 2006
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Yes he was

Dybala managed to score 22 goals in Serie A in 1 season which is something Ale was never able to do. I know in Ale's time there were 34 matches instead of 38 but still...
 

Orgut

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Dec 31, 2002
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Klopp: Coutinho like Del Piero

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp claims he has not seen a player like Philippe Coutinho since Juventus legend Alessandro Del Piero.
Coutinho began his European career at Inter but made his name with Klopp’s Liverpool, prior to joining Barcelona for big money in January 2018.
The Brazil attacker has since moved on to Bayern Munich, who have brought him in on a season-long loan with an option to buy.
“He’s a very dominant player who can help shape a team,” the Coach told Kicker.
“Of course, he still needs to settle in so he won’t be dominant right away, but they’re still getting a great player.
“He didn’t play in his favourite position of No 10 with us that much. He can play as a great No 8 or left winger because he’s strong in tight spaces and also quick enough in lots of space.
“He has an outstanding eye for goal. Not since Alessandro Del Piero have I seen anyone finish off moves from the left so frequently.
“Bayern need him. Now they have to integrate him and look after him so that they get the full package.
“The Bundesliga will then have itself a great player.”
Coutinho from all people?! This guy doesnt has the talent DP has in his finger..
 

Hængebøffer

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Jun 4, 2009
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The best description I’ve read about Del Piero is from Reddit:

“When Del Piero was at his absolute peak, between 1995 to 1998, he had begun to eclipse the great Roberto Baggio, was a serious rival to Ronaldo (El Fenomeno) in Serie A, and many football fans and players expected him to go on to be the best player in the world.

In his prime, it's no exaggeration to say that his pace, technique and goalscoring were absolutely breathtaking.

He then suffered a serious, serious injury in the 1998-1999 season and was out for a long time, several years if I remember correctly. The truth is he was a slightly inferior, but different player afterwards.

He had a splendid renaissance in the late 2000s, when he was a key part of Lippi's WC winning squad, resurrected Juve from Serie B and scored some legendary goals, such as his double against Real Madrid.

He remains one of only a few players who have been applauded off the pitch at the Bernabeu by both the home and away fans. It was like the inverse of what happened with C. Ronaldo this season.

He was still, between 2002-2010, a peak world class player, and between 2010-2012 he was still a world class player but past his best.

The truth is, after the injury, he lost half a yard of pace and wasn't able to go on those barraging runs like he used to.

Youthful exuberance can be killed by a serious injury like that.

At his best he was one of the best players in the world.”
 
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