Stan Collymore makes bold statement about Liverpool during Arsenal triumph
By Dominic Toner
Stan Collymore has praised Philippe Coutinho’s second goal in the 4-3 victory over Arsenal as “worthy of any Liverpool side in any era”.
Coutinho delivered a man of the match performance to help Liverpool seal an opening win in the Premier League by scoring a stunning brace in the Emirates Stadium showdown.
The Brazilian playmaker levelled the scores with an inch-perfect free-kick shortly before half-time to make it 1-1 and gave the Merseysiders a 3-1 advantage when he volleyed home a Nathaniel Clyne cross to complete a stunning team goal.
Collymore gave his verdict on Coutinho’s second goal on his personal Twitter account.
A goal worthy of any #LFC side in any era.
— Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) August 14, 2016
Theo Walcott had given the Gunners the lead in the match but a dominant attacking display either side of half-time from Liverpool side helped them race into a 4-1 lead.
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Substitute Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and defender Calum Chambers did cut the deficit but Liverpool held out for a thrilling victory.
Coutinho sparked Liverpool’s revival but it was the team goal that caught the attention of ex-Anfield striker Collymore.
The Brazilian playmaker joined Anfield in 2013 from Inter Milan and has made 146 appearances for the club.
Coutinho, 24, was named Liverpool’s Player of the Year last season and he looks set to continue his good form again this year.
Jurgen Klopp is well known for his attacking free-flowing style and the team goal was a perfect example of his coaching.
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