Philippe Coutinho
BARCELONA, SPAIN - OCTOBER 28: Philippe Coutinho of FC Barcelona looks on during the La Liga match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF at Camp Nou on October 28, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

Philippe Coutinho has been labelled a lazy player by Spanish football expert Graham Hunter.

The Brazilian completed a £142million move from Liverpool to Barcelona in January 2018 but has struggled to become a regular in the team.

The former Liverpool man has now lost his place in the starting line-up under Ernesto Valverde and Hunter has lifted the lid on his troubles.

“Coutinho looks a bit down in the dumps, a little bit muddled,” Hunter told the Transfer Talk podcast via the Express.

“He’s not making the right choices on the ball and he’s not working hard enough.

“There have been periods during which Coutinho’s form, if anything, looked as good as it was at Liverpool and perhaps, in some instances, still better.

SEVILLE, SPAIN - MARCH 17: Head coach Ernesto Valverde of FC Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between Real Betis Balompie and FC Barcelona at Estadio Benito Villamarin on March 17, 2019 in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Valverde says Barcelona has to be careful

The Blaugrana boss believes that danger is still around the corner for his team in the Spanish La Liga tournament, as there are ten matches left on the calendar.

“His goal ratio was extraordinary and I don’t think his goal at ratio has ever been higher in his senior career.

“But as this team have developed this season, with Arthur, the young Brazilian, and Arturo Vidal, with Ivan Rakitic offering protection around Sergio Busquets, the midfield has become very, very populated.

“With the way Barcelona play, Coutinho is not a midfielder.

“He would have maybe been considered as a midfielder in the 4-3-3 he played in at Liverpool under Klopp but in midfield, he looks like he doesn’t understand the way Barcelona play.

But Hunter believes Coutinho is also not taking his chances when he is getting them due to a series of poor decisions on the field.