Liverpool are a threatening force under the tutelage of Jürgen Klopp, and their 4-2 win over Crystal Palace is the latest reminder of their attacking fluidity. In particular, it has been Phillipe Coutinho who has played a starring role in Klopp’s attacking inclined system.
The Brazilian kept probing Alan Pardew’s brigade, was too hard to stop and dictated the play up front. Every move he made seemed effortless, cunning and mesmerising.
The 24-year-old was omnipresent; be it in the advanced position on the left to create goal scoring opportunities or dropping deeper to earn possession for his side. Liverpool’s no. 10 created four chances and bagged two assists and nearly had a goal to his name as well.
Pep Guardiola doubters have been silenced for a while. Manchester City ran riot in their 4-0 demolition of West Bromwich Albion at the Hawthorns, earning them their first win in seven games.
Newcomer Gündoğan bagged a brace in the process of City’s scintillating and totally dominating brand of football to breach Tony Pulis’ backline with sheer perfection. City’s no. 8 was hugely influential and creative throughout the game, setting up Sergio Agüero’s first goal as well.
The former Borussia Dortmund man operated with tremendous energy, and had the composure in the midfield to pave his way past the Baggies’ defence.