Garth Crooks names two Liverpool stars in his team of the week
By Dominic Toner
Garth Crooks has selected Philippe Coutinho and Sadio Mane in his team of the week.
Liverpool completed a stunning 4-3 victory away at Arsenal and two of their attacking threats have been recognised by Crooks.
In Crooks’ regular team of the week feature on the BBC Sport website he selects the best 11 players from the Premier League round of fixtures, although Chelsea and West Ham are still to clash on Monday night.
Coutinho scored two stunning goals in a man of the match display before limping off, although he has assured fans that the injury was not a serious one.
Coutinho, 24, scored a sublime free-kick at Emirates Stadium just before half-time to level the score at 1-1 and then increased his team’s advantage to 3-1 with a first-time volleyed finish from a superb driven Nathaniel Clyne cross.
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The second goal moved ex-Anfield striker Stan Collymore to describe it as “worthy of any Liverpool side in any era”.
Coutinho joined Anfield in 2013 from Inter Milan and has made 146 appearances for the club.
He was named Liverpool’s Player of the Year last season and he looks set to continue his good form again this year.
Liverpool debutant Sadio Mane grabbed his first goal Jurgen Klopp’s side and marked his first competitive appearance in style.
The pacy forward caused the Arsenal defence problems all afternoon and he dribbled his way into the box before firing home with a powerful left footed shot.
Mane joined Liverpool after two-years of Premier League experience on the south coast with Southampton and will be looking to continue the form shown in his debut.
Adam Lallana was the other Liverpool scorer against Arsenal and Klopp’s side have begun to play their football in the attacking style associated with the German manager.
In other Liverpool team news, Lallana has revealed what Klopp said at half-time to inspire their victory over Arsenal.