‘Philippe Coutinho & Daniel Sturridge can fire Liverpool into top four’

Danny Murphy praises Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge following their displays in Liverpool's opening-day victory over Stoke

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Daniel Sturridge joined Liverpool from Chelsea in January Photo: Nike

Danny Murphy has heaped praise on Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge following their displays in Liverpool’s opening-day victory over Stoke City.

Sturridge netted the only goal of the game at Anfield in the first half with a powerful low shot as Brendan Rodgers’ men got their Premier League campaign off to a winning start.

Sturridge and Coutinho, who both joined the Reds back in January, caught the eye on Saturday with impressive individual performances.

And ex-Reds midfielder Murphy was full of praise for the duo after watching his former side seal a 1-0 win, thanks in part to Simon Mignolet’s late penalty save from Jonathan Walters.

“If we stop talking about Luis Suárez for five minutes and focus on Sturridge and Coutinho, those two were brilliant,” Murphy told talkSPORT.

“Sturridge for me seems to get better. We talk about confidence and that lad doesn’t lack in that area. He shoots from anywhere, he’s got skill to beat people and Stoke couldn’t handle him.

“If Liverpool can keep those two fit, I think they’ve got a real chance of top four, if Suárez goes back in the team as well.

“I spoke to Jamie Carragher a couple of weeks ago about Coutinho and I know he thinks the world about him and his potential, but his end product is what impressed me yesterday.

“Every time he got in the right position his passes were correct, he made the right choices and he threatened the goal and could have scored a couple himself.”

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