John Arne Riise picks Philippe Coutinho over Roberto Firmino

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It's safe to say that Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino are two of the best attacking midfielders in the Premier League, but which one is more important for Liverpool?

Well, club legend John Arne Riise has made his choice when asked to separate the two players. 

Indeed, during a Q&A with fans on Twitter, Riise opted for Coutinho over Firmino. By his tweet, it appears that he found the decision a tough one, but has he made the right choice? 


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Before the start of the season, there was a notion that Coutinho would act as the club's talisman, but, in all honesty, he has failed to produce the goods on a consistent basis. 

He has certainly produced a number of fine performances throughout the course of the campaign, but his statistics are by no means out of this world. 

Coutinho vs Firmino

With eight goals and five assists in 22 league games, Coutinho has once again played a prominent role for the Reds, but there's still more to come from him on English soil. 

Firmino, on the other hand, has slightly more impressive statistics; with nine goals and seven assists in 28 league games, there's not exactly much to separate the two, but the club's summer signing has quickly established himself as a leading man for the club. 

In all honesty, as Jurgen Klopp goes in search of long-term success, both players should have key roles to play over the coming years. 

Both players featured, of course, as the Reds overcame Everton by four goals to nil in the Merseyside derby on Wednesday night. 

Klopp speaks out 

Klopp was extremely satisfied after the contest and insisted that all of his players will have a role to play between now and the end of the campaign. 

As per Sky Sports, the German coach stated:  "They are only good players. There is not a player in the squad where I think 'Oh, why is he here?"' Klopp said. "In each game [recently]: Stoke - different formation, Bournemouth, Dortmund, Everton - different formations but we also showed our different styles.

"We are not only a pressing and counter-pressing team, we are a possession team and it is a challenge to bring it together.

"We will work on it and we won't be finished on it but we need players. They have to do the work and hopefully we will have enough for the last few games."

Liverpool fans: if you had to choose one, who would you pick? Have your say below! 

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