Garth Crooks’ BBC Sport gossip column is always worth a read, even if it’s often nonsensical!
The pundit often makes bizarre selections in even odder formations, but at least he included Coutinho following our Brazilian’s Man of the Match display against Crystal Palace on Saturday.
He did however compare him to chess legend Boris Spassky, due to his ability pull out outrageous moves nobody else could see!
Here’s what he had to say…
“So Liverpool go marching on – but not without the inspiration of Philippe Coutinho. What a performance by the little man. 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, who pulled a fabulous save out of Steve Mandanda in the Palace goal, 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?”
Bar the bit at the end, where Crooks goes off on a tangent about the lack of English playmakers, we quite like this write-up!
Coutinho registered two assists and was a creative menace throughout at Selhurst Park and we hope he can maintain his current excellent form.
Right now, he’s arguably the Premier League’s in-form player and we have a chance of winning every game in which he puts in a top display. We used to see an excellent Coutinho performance once every three or four weeks, but now – he’s adding consistency to his game. Long may it continue.