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Coutinho could win player of the year - Liverpool boss

Philippe Coutinho Credit: Pa

Brendan Rodgers believes Philippe Coutinho is showing the sort of form that could see the Brazilian pick up an end of season gong.

The Liverpool forward scored the winner against Manchester City for the second consecutive season on Sunday.

He is certainly going to be up there, there is no doubt about that. He has played very well.

I think that period the team suffered at the start of the season, with our lack of penetration at the top of the field - he is the player that thrives on that. He is normally the player that makes the last pass for those players running in to score the goals.

We didn't quite have that in the opening months. He had to stay longer on the ball and wasn't as effective, but now the dynamics in the team are very good, with the pressing and the movement off the ball.

That allows him and his technical quality to really shine and he is starting to add goals to his game, and scoring some fantastic goals. Very importantly, he is contributing to the team and there are still improvements to make from someone so young.

– Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool winger suffers knee ligament damage

Jordan Ibe has impressed since returning from his loan spell at Derby. Credit: PA

Winger Jordon Ibe is set to miss four weeks of action after suffering knee ligament damage in last week's Europa League loss to Besiktas.

The youngster missed Sunday's win over Manchester City with the problem, and is now expected to have a prolonged spell on the sidelines.


Liverpool hoping to learn from past failures - Allen

Joe Allen is eyeing the top four. Credit: PA

Joe Allen believes Liverpool can learn from last season's second place finish in order to secure a place in the top four.

The Welsh midfielder thinks falling short in their title chase thanks to a loss to Chelsea and a draw at Crystal Palace will only make them stronger.

We learned a lot from last season and hopefully that will help us between now and the end of the season.

The disappointment of those games against Chelsea (2-0 defeat) and Palace (3-3) during the run-in hurt us but sometimes you forget how good that run was.

We won 12 of our last 14 games. In the last couple of seasons we've finished really strongly and hopefully we can do something similar again.

Our target is the top four - there's no secret in that.

– Joe Allen

Liverpool midfielder Allen: Coutinho will only get better

Philippe Coutinho scored a screamer. Credit: PA

Joe Allen has heaped praise upon his Liverpool team-mate Philippe Coutinho after the Brazilian scored the winner against Manchester City.

Allen and Coutinho were both praised for their performances against the Premier League champions, but it was the former Inter Milan man who took the headlines.

He's so good. The Brazilian team is obviously full of talent but he has to be really pushing for that.

With his performances recently he's taken things to the next level.

I think some people forget how young he is at times. He's a young player getting better all the time.

Working with him day in day out he shows his quality every time he trains and plays and he scored a superb winner to get us the three points.

– Joe Allen


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Two arrested over woman's death in Liverpool

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder following the "unexplained" death of a woman.

Merseyside police said the body of a 44-year-old woman was discovered after officers were called to a flat in Greenhey Gardens, Toxteth, Liverpool, at 10.20am today

The two suspects, aged 52 and 48, from Toxteth, are being questioned by detectives.

Police said a post-mortem examination is due to be carried out.

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