Steve McManaman reacts to Philippe Coutinho’s display in Spartak Moscow v Liverpool

The Liverpool legend heaps praise on Philippe Coutinho for his equaliser at Spartak Moscow on Tuesday night

Liverpool legend Steve McManaman Photo: BT Sport

Steve McManaman hailed Philippe Coutinho’s great goal in Russia after the Liverpool midfielder scored in successive games in Tuesday night’s 1-1 draw with Spartak Moscow.

The Brazil international was handed his first start in the Champions League this season in Moscow after coming on as a second-half substitute in a 2-2 draw with Sevilla earlier this month.

Coutinho scored a superb free-kick in a 3-2 victory over Leicester City to open his account for the 2017-18 campaign in style following his failed move to Barcelona in the summer.

The Liverpool number 10 conceded a free-kick in a dangerous area to allow Spartak Moscow make the breakthrough after Fernando beat Loris Karius in the 20th minute.

Coutinho made amends with a superb interchange with Senegal international Sadio Mane to unlick the Spartak Moscow defence before the Brazilian lifted his finish into the roof of the net.

Former Liverpool winger McManaman spoke in glowing terms about the link-up play between Coutinho and Mane to equalise for the Merseyside outfit in Moscow.

“Great goal. Liverpool moved the ball quick. There was pace,” McManaman told BT Sport.

“It was a fantastic one-two between Coutinho and Mane.

“There was only one place it was going to end up – the back of the net.”

Liverpool are in fifth place in the Premier League table following a return of three victories in six games so far.

The Reds qualified for the Champions League after Klopp led Liverpool to a fourth-place finish in his first full season in charge at Anfield.

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