Ander Herrera names Philippe Coutinho as Liverpool’s best player

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Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera has named Philippe Coutinho as Liverpool’s best player.

Speaking ahead of Saturday’s Premier League clash between United and Liverpool at Old Trafford, Herrera told the Red Devils’ official website: "It’s true their best player, Coutinho, cannot play but we cannot think about it.

”We have to think about ourselves. If we play well, and we are at our best, we will have a lot of chances to beat them.”


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Coutinho will miss Saturday’s match after picking up a red card in Liverpool’s shock 3-0 home defeat to West Ham before the international break.

Brendan Rodgers’ side are likely to miss their creative Brazilian playmaker, even though the 23-year-old has only managed to score one goal - against Stoke City on the opening weekend - so far this season.

Liverpool up against David de Gea

Liverpool’s £29 million summer signing Roberto Firmino is likely to deputise for Coutinho. The attacking midfielder will be hoping to endear himself to the Reds’ faithful by scoring his first goal for his new employers at Old Trafford.

Rodgers must have expected his team would be taking on a Manchester United side that had just lost the services of goalkeeper David de Gea.

But the Red Devils have received a significant boost today with the news that De Gea has signed a four-year contract extension with his current employers after his proposed transfer to Real Madrid failed to materialise.

Liverpool will still cause United problems

Liverpool’s task of securing all three points this weekend is subsequently made that little bit more difficult, while having Coutinho watching on from the stands doesn’t help much, either.

But the Reds still have players like Christian Benteke, James Milner and the aforementioned Firmino, who are more than capable of causing Manchester United problems this weekend.

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