Date: 23rd October 2016 at 11:15pm
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Liverpool are represented in the latest Premier League team of the week 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 in the two one victory over West Bromwich Albion at the weekend at Anfield 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 latest weekend.

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.

‘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. 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. If manager Jurgen Klopp can fix his defence in time for the second half of the season Liverpool could be serious title contenders. To allow it to drift would be a dereliction of duty.’

It’s always good to see the club represented in this way, and well played to Coutinho for his recognition, but the most important thing about the weekend was of course the win.

Full Team:

Victor Valdes (Middlesbrough), Christian Fuchs (Leicester City), Winston Reid (West Ham United), David Luiz (Chelsea), Cesar Azpilicueta (Chelsea), N’Golo Kante (Chelsea), Xherdan Shaqiri (Stoke City), Danny Drinkwater (Leicester City), Philippe Coutinho (Liverpool), Adama Traore (Middlesbrough), Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City).