By Alex Stevens

Garth Crooks has hailed Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho as his favourite Premier League player.

The BBC pundit admits he is a huge admirer of the Brazilian, who has been a key figure in Liverpool’s eyecatching start to the new season.

Liverpool hammered Hull 5-1 on Saturday as they clinched their fourth consecutive victory in all competitions and their third in the league.

Coutinho scored the Merseysiders’ fourth goal with a trademark long-range effort against Mike Phelan’s team as he added some gloss to an outstanding team performance.

It was the Brazilian’s fourth goal of the season in all competitions, which have been complemented by three assists.

“This guy is my favourite Premier League player at the moment and a real pleasure to watch,” said Crooks on the BBC Sport website. “Coutinho set up Liverpool’s first two goals and then scored an absolute beauty.

“I am really interested to know how Jurgen Klopp intends to keep the Brazilian fresh for Liverpool’s domestic campaign.

“Coutinho will have to regularly fly halfway around the world to keep his international commitments and should he ever pick up a long-term injury Liverpool can kiss goodbye to a top-four place. It’s enough to keep a manager awake at night.”

Crooks’ team of the week: Cech; Bellerin, Smalling, Koscielny, Milner; Son, Coutinho, Pogba, Sterling; Aguero, Sanchez.

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