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2. Coutinho vs Eric Dier

Phillip Coutinho's goal made the difference for Liverpool
Philippe Coutinho

Secondly, we will see one from a Liverpool perspective. This one is key to Liverpool scoring and dictating the play in the game. Yes, the player is none other than young Brazilian – Philippe Coutinho. The Brazilian was the only consolation for Liverpool under Brendon Rodgers this season and is in excellent form. Stopping the young Brazilian from doing his magic and trickery will be a hard task and who will Pochetino ideally choose to do this work? It will be none other Eric Dier. Dier has made the CDM position his own. Yet, being a player with his favoured position as CB, Dier often finds himself in deep positions inside the defensive half where he is more or less like a pivoting shield for the defence, where he prevents through balls to reach the striker or move out wide to the flanks. Those are 2 tasks that Coutinho is excellent at and Dier will need to see to it that the Brazil international is denied the opportunities to convert them to successful chances.

Written by Alankrith Shankar

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