By James Strudwick

Football analyst Garth Crooks has included West Ham United’s Winston Reid and Liverpool midfield maestro Philippe Coutinho in his BBC Sport team of the week.

The 28-year-old New Zealander struck a 94th-minute winner against Sunderland at the London Stadium to give the Hammers their third win in the Premier League this season.

After a good performance in his team’s 3-1 win over Crystal Palace, Reid was once again crucial to his side’s success, in both attack and defence.

“Last week he battened down the hatches against Crystal Palace and this week he provided the goal that gave a lucky West Ham three points that were desperately needed,” Crooks wrote.

Also featured in the team of the week was Liverpool’s Coutinho.

The Brazilian midfielder’s form so far this season has been central to the club’s excellent start to the campaign.

The 24-year-old currently has five goals and two assists for the Merseyside team and is enjoying life in Jurgen Klopp’s first full season as manager.

Over the weekend against West Brom along with Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, Coutinho caused havoc in the Hawthorns defence, breaking quickly and providing width.

His goal after 35 minutes put the home side in control of the game from that moment on, and even though it was a nervous last ten minutes for them, it was another standout performance from the creative player.

“What we are seeing now is a vibrant Liverpool being lead by a Brazilian who they must wrap it cotton wool,” Crooks said.

“Coutinho makes Adam Lallana, Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Georginio Wijnaldum all buzz.”


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