Liverpool have been in flying form of late, and Jurgen Klopp’s side currently find themselves in a three-way battle for top spot in the Premier League.
Key to that that rampant start has been the attacking prowess of Roberto Firminio, Sadio Mané, Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho, whom defender Dejan Lovren believes is the best player in the league right now.
Speaking to the official Liverpool website following the side’s 4-2 weekend win at Crystal Palace, Lovren was full of praise for Coutinho as the Brazilian international turned in another performances of the highest order at Selhurst Park, setting up goals for Joel Matip and indeed for Lovren himself in the first half.
“In my opinion he’s the best player in the league at the moment,
“I have the pleasure and the honour to play with this guy. He is playing for Brazil as well.
“He wasn’t just outstanding against Palace, he’s been like that all year. His crosses were perfect. We scored from his set-pieces.
“He is a main part of the team, but it’s not an individual thing that wins us points, it’s the team work.
“It was the team that beat Palace, not just one player. But of course when a team works really good then individual qualities comes out. I think that man against Palace was Philippe Coutinho.”
Coutinho has scored four goals and laid on four assists for Liverpool this season as the team gets used to the goals coming from all along the forward line rather than relying on a central striker (as evidenced by the fact that Daniel Sturridge is still unable to force his way into Klopp’s preferred starting eleven).
Indeed, the rumours surrounding the 24-year-old playmaker’s future at Anfield are already beginning to resurface, with claims that PSG, Barcelona and Real Madrid are all interested in his services. However, he is expected to sign a new contract in the near future to put those rumours to bed (for now at least).
The Reds entertain Watford this weekend as they look to keep up with Manchester City and Arsenal in what already has the early markings of an unpredictable and tight title race.