The Premier League was once considered the best league in the world - and there were very few people that disagreed.
However, with Barcelona and Real Madrid dominating the Champions League in recent years - with five triumphs between them in the last eight years - it’s pretty clear that La Liga have taken over that mantle.
Meanwhile, the Premier League have had just one winner during that time - Chelsea in 2012.
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While La Liga may have overtaken the Premier League in terms of quality, that certainly doesn’t mean that the English top-flight is lacking world-class talent.
The arrivals of Paul Pogba and Zlatan Ibrahimovic this summer saw them join the likes of Sergio Aguero, Eden Hazard, Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez that were already plying their trade in the Premier League.
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But who is the best player in the English top-flight at the moment?
Well, none of the above at the moment.
That’s because, according to Dejan Lovren, the best player in the league is actually a teammate of his - Philippe Coutinho.
“In my opinion he's the best player in the league at the moment,” Lovren said.
“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."
As Lovren mentioned, Coutinho was magnificent this weekend against Palace.
The playmaker may not have scored but he produced a masterclass display, assisting two goals and terrorising the Palace defence throughout his 89 minutes on the pitch.
And it’s not the first time Coutinho has wowed Premier League fans with his ability this campaign. In fact, ever since the opening weekend of the season - where he scored twice against Arsenal in a 4-3 victory - he has been pulling the strings for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
While the likes of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Adam Lallana have also impressed, Coutinho has been the main reason that the Reds are currently sitting level on points with Manchester City and Arsenal at the top of the league.
Coutinho’s form has been so good that he is being tentatively linked with Real Madrid and Barcelona - and it’s hardly surprising given his current form.
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