Michael Owen hails world class Liverpool star Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho

Michael Owen speaks highly of Liverpool ace Coutinho.

Liverpool take on Manchester United this weekend, but are without one of their key attacking players.

Brazil international Coutinho will only be in the stands at Old Trafford due to his red card in the disappointing loss at home to West Ham.

Former star Michael Owen has picked the attacker in his best combined XI of United and Liverpool players, speaking to the Premier League's official website.

The ex-England international described Coutinho as 'world class', high praise for the 23-year-old.

He said: "I would put Coutinho on the right of the three behind the striker. He's developed into one of the best players in that type of position, behind the centre-forwards, liking to come in off the flanks or stay in that position.

"He's a world-class player, Liverpool’s best, arguably. He's the first person to start off play, to try to score or assist a goal. There may not be many Liverpool names on my list but Coutinho would be one of the first."

Owen's description highlights what a loss he will be at the weekend, with the Reds forced to consider other options for the player who was their match winner on the opening day of the season away against Stoke City.

His suspension only serves to highlight what a disaster their loss to West Ham really was, especially they struggle for creativity and fail to get a result at Old Trafford.

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