Allen: Coutinho getting better all the time

Liverpool midfielder Joe Allen has praised teammate Philippe Coutinho after the Brazilian played a starring role in the Reds’ win over Premier League champions Manchester City, Sky Sports has reported.

Coutinho scored what proved to be the winning goal of the game, Liverpool’s second in a 2-1, and helped create Jordan Henderson’s opening goal by robbing City captain Vincent Kompany in the build-up to the stand-in captain’s long-range strike. Edin Dzeko equalised for City before half-time but Coutinho sealed the victory with 15 minutes to play.

Allen, who played the full 90 minutes of the match, said following the final whistle that the performance and recent form of Coutinho is no shock to the players, recommended Coutinho for a place in the Brazil squad in the near future, and explained why the former Inter playmaker is proving so hard for opponents to handle.

“He’s so good. The Brazilian team is obviously full of talent but he has to be really pushing for that,” Allen said. “He’s so unpredictable and that’s such a good skill to have. He has the ability to turn both ways, he’s skilful and a player who comes into that versatile bracket.

“He can play in different positions and teams are struggling to deal with him,” former Swansea City man Allen added. “Those of us who work with him on a daily basis always knew he was going to kick on and reach this kind of level.”

The game against City was Coutinho’s 38th appearance of the season in all competitions and produced the 22-year-old’s fifth goal, his second in as many matches.

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