Date: 22nd May 2017 at 9:33pm
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Liverpool are represented in the Premier League Team of the Season that has been selected by BBC pundit Garth Crooks.

Actually Garth is now down as a ‘Football Analyst’ these days, a posh term for a pundit then!

The performance by Philippe Coutinho across the course of the 2016/17 campaign was enough to earn them a place in the side alongside the other, in the opinion of the former Spurs striker anyway, most impressive performers in the topflight over the season.

I think we’ll already know ourselves, and not just based on the latest performance, why Crooks, we’ll also not argue with it, selected Coutinho as part of his team but explaining his choice he told the BBC.

‘People who read my team of the week on a regular basis will know what I think of Philippe Coutinho. Frankly, Liverpool would have been sunk this season without him. If you don’t believe me, look at Liverpool’s form when he was out of action for two months with injury. Yes, they lost Sadio Mane to the Africa Cup of Nations at the time but Mane without Coutinho is like having Rush without Dalglish. Coutinho is a genius and Liverpool finishing in a Champions League spot has saved Jurgen Klopp, I believe, from losing the Brazilian to one of the European giants. Next season, Anfield will come alive again when they host Champions League fixtures once more, and they have a special player in Coutinho to grace those occasions.’

It’s always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Coutinho for his recognition.

Full Team:

Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur), David Luiz (Chelsea), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Dele Alli (Tottenham Hotspur), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal), Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Romelu Lukaku (Everton).

Manager – Antonio Conte (Chelsea).