By Alex Stevens
Danny Murphy has hailed Philippe Coutinho as the “jewel in the Liverpool crown”.
The Brazilian playmaker was outstanding in the Merseysiders’ 2-1 Premier League win over West Brom on Saturday evening.
Coutinho scored the second goal, which was his fourth from nine league matches this season and his fifth in all competitions.
BBC pundit and former Liverpool midfielder Murphy is increasingly impressed by the 24-year-old.
“Coutinho is special, he’s the jewel in the crown,” Murphy told BBC One’s Match of the Day programme on Saturday night. “He starts on the left and goes wherever he feel like.
“His decision making is much better than it was before, his skill and awareness of people around him is brilliant.
“He’s dictating games and terrifying the opposition. The hardest thing in football is to play the final ball and he does it consistently well.”
Coutinho started on the left on a front three spearheaded by Roberto Firmino against Tony Pulis’ side at Anfield on Saturday.
Daniel Sturridge was axed from the side that drew 0-0 against Manchester United on Monday night, with Adam Lallana restored to the starting XI after fully recovering from a groin injury.
Sadio Mane scored the opening goal for the free-scoring Merseysiders, who have now struck 20 times in the league this season, more than any other side.
In other Liverpool news, fans on Twitter have given their verdicts on the performance of Roberto Firmino against West Brom.