Albion boss Chris Hughton says Mo Salah's goalscoring form has ensured Liverpool have not missed Philippe Coutinho.

Brazilian Coutinho scored one of the goals and pulled the strings when Liverpool won 5-1 at the Amex in December.

Salah drew a rare blank that day and in January Coutinho was sold to Barcelona for a potential £142 million.

PFA and Football Writers' Player of the Year Salah has gone on to score an incredible 44 goals in 52 games in all competitions, 20 of them in 21 appearances since Coutinho's exit.

Hughton said: "I'm quite sure as a manager of Liverpool and Liverpool staff don't like to just talk about Salah because it's not just about Salah.

"But there's no doubt about the huge influence he's had on them this season.

"For somebody to score the amount of goals that he's scored, to win as many games for them as he has, I think that's the biggest reason why they haven't spoken about Coutinho."