Ian Wright: This Liverpool ace was my player of the weekend
By Alex Stevens
Ian Wright has named Philippe Coutinho as his player of the weekend following his sensational display in Liverpool’s 4-3 win over Arsenal.
The Brazilian playmaker scored two stunning goals in a man of the match display as Jurgen Klopp’s team overwhelmed the Gunners at Emirates Stadium.
Coutinho struck a sublime free-kick 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.
The 24-year-old limped off midway through the second half when Liverpool were tearing Arsenal to shreds but he subsequently reassured supporters that “it was just cramp”.
Arsenal legend Wright was impressed by a number of players from the Merseysiders but their No10 just stood out.
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“To be honest there were a few candidates from Liverpool for that stunning second half at the Emirates, but Philippe Coutinho edged it,” Wright wrote in his Sun column on Monday. “He hadn’t made that much of an impact before he stepped up to take that free kick just before the break. That soon changed, didn’t it?
“Petr Cech could have had half the team alongside him on the goal-line and still been picking the ball out of his net, Coutinho’s shot was so accurate.
“He followed that up with the shrewdest of touches to turn in Liverpool’s third, and generally had a field day as the Reds ran Arsenal ragged.
“Some have accused the Brazilian of not turning it on against the top sides, but at times he was almost unplayable yesterday. When he’s in this form, there is a lot for Liverpool to look forward to.”
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 the display of the Brazilian and his team will make the rest of the league sit up and take notice.
In other Liverpool team news, Jamie Carragher has given his verdict on the club’s new signing Mane.