By Dominic Toner

John Aldridge believes that Philippe Coutinho is “influential” in the Liverpool side.

The Reds have been in fantastic form this season and are currently third-placed in the Premier League, only behind current league leaders Manchester City and second-placed Arsenal on goal difference.

The Merseyside club completed an impressive 4-2 away victory against Crystal Palace on Saturday and have now scored 24 goals in 10 league games.

Coutinho, 24, starred in the game with two assists and has become a crucial part of the club’s impressive attacking style this season.

Liverpool have now recorded wins against Palace and West Brom in the league, as well as an EFL Cup fourth-round victory against Tottenham in their last three fixtures.

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Ex-Liverpool striker Aldridge claims that the attacker was in fantastic form against Palace and manipulated the space well.

“Coutinho was influential because we were able to get him on the ball,” Aldridge wrote in the Echo. “It’s very hard sometimes when teams put one or two men on him to stop him getting in that little zone where he’s unmarked.

“He manipulated that space in the first half in particular, with us giving him the ball and him turning and going at the defence.”

Coutinho has been a fan favourite since he arrived at Anfield in 2013 from Inter Milan and has made 156 appearances for the Reds.

He is currently enjoying a great spell in his first 11 appearances this campaign, scoring five goals and supplying five assists.

The Brazilian international has formed a great partnership alongside Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane in an interchangeable attack.

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