Garth Crooks: Why this Liverpool star is my favourite Premier League player

The former Tottenham forward is a big fan of Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho

Garth Crooks has named Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho as his favourite Premier League player.

The Brazil international enjoyed another productive weekend in the Premier League as Liverpool were 2-1 winners against West Bromwich Albion at Anfield.

Sadio Mane broke the deadlock in the 20th minute after Coutinho’s wonderful dummy allowed Emre Can to break on the Baggies defence before Roberto Firmino teed up the Senegal international.

Some poor West Brom defending led to Coutinho’s fourth Premier League goal of the season as the midfielder squeezed a close-range finish past Ben Foster at his near post.

The South American has scored four goals and has made two assists in eight Premier League games so far this season.

Former Tottenham forward Crooks lavished praise on the former Inter Milan midfielder.

“Philippe Coutinho is currently my favourite player in the Premier League. I said at the start of the season that if anything happened to Coutinho, Liverpool could kiss goodbye to a top-four spot,” Crooks wrote in his BBC Sport column.

“However, what we are seeing now is a vibrant Liverpool being lead by a Brazilian who they must wrap in cotton wool. Coutinho makes Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum all buzz.”

Liverpool finished in eighth place in the Premier League table under Klopp last season after the German took over the reins in October 2015.

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The Reds will make the trip to Crystal Palace at Selhurst Park on Saturday evening.

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