Photo: Roberto Firmino sends message to Philippe Coutinho after Liverpool beat Man Utd

Liverpool goal-scorer Roberto Firmino hails Philippe Coutinho as a 'top player' after Thursday's 2-0 win against Man Utd

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Roberto Firmino hailed Philippe Coutinho as a top player after the Brazilian playmaker helped inspire Liverpool to a 2-0 victory over Manchester United on Thursday night.

The former Inter Milan midfielder failed to get on the score sheet but pulled the strings for Jurgen Klopp’s side in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie.

Daniel Sturridge made the breakthrough from the penalty spot after Netherlands international Memphis Depay brought down Liverpool defender Nathaniel Clyne.

Firmino added a second for the hosts from close range to secure three points, while Coutinho was denied by the acrobatics of David De Gea.

The former Hoffenheim midfielder didn’t look to bask in the glory of his goal as Firmino heaped praise on his Brazilian compatriot after Thursday night’s win.

Firmino wrote on his Instagram page: “TopPlayer #ynwa”

The South American has scored eight goals in 2016 so far, including an effort in a 3-0 win against Manchester City last week.

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