By Amir Mir
Garth Crooks has named Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho in his Premier League team of the week and compared him with England legend Paul Gascoigne.
BBC Sport pundit Crooks believes the 24-year-old playmaker produces moves that no-one else is able to see, as he compared him with a number of greats such as Glenn Hoddle and Steven Gerrard.
The Reds beat Crystal Palace 4-2 at Selhurst Park on Saturday evening, in an enthralling game which produced five first-half goals.
Coutinho was at the heart of the Merseyside club’s performance, providing two assists, as Jurgen Klopp’s men recorded their sixth win in their last seven league games.
“So Liverpool go marching on – but not without the inspiration of Philippe Coutinho. What a performance by the little man,” Crooks wrote on the BBC Sport website. “He might only be 5ft 7in but he stood head and shoulders above any other player at Selhurst Park on Saturday evening.
“The Brazilian was involved in almost every move Liverpool produced. As for the through ball he played for Sadio Mane – it was like watching chess legend Boris Spassky make a move that no-one saw coming. Wonderful stuff.
“I remember when England used to produce players like that – players like Alan Ball, Tony Currie, Gerry Francis, Glenn Hoddle, Paul Gascoigne and, alas no more for Liverpool, Steven Gerrard. What happened?”
Coutinho has played 11 games in all competitions for Liverpool this season, scoring five goals and supplying five assists.
That form has helped Klopp’s side in the league, as they are third in the table with 23 points after ten games. Only goal difference separates the top three.
The Merseyside club will now host an in-form Watford side on Sunday afternoon, as the Reds look to maintain their title-chasing form at Anfield.
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