METRO – Sending out the academy prospects on loan can only be a long-term benefit for Liverpool

Liverpool have a host of talented players coming through the club’s academy. And a few are taking the next step in their education with a loan move before hopefully challenging for a first team place – like Jordan Ibe did. Championship side Wigan Athletic already have 17-year-old Sheyi Ojo on loan from Liverpool and 18-year-old Jerome […]

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GUARDIAN – Premier League and FA Cup: 10 talking points from the weekend’s action | Guardian writers

Philippe Coutinho has everything, Gus Poyet sounds lukewarm about his future and has Aaron Ramsey’s return come too soon?At times against Manchester City Liverpool looked like bizarrely lop-sided champions in waiting. This is a team that can look like the footballing equivalent of a home made cut and shut job, the front end of Ferrari welded on to the rear of a rickety Toyota pick-up, with no suspension and a set of tractor tyres. As long as the ball remains in Liverpool’s attacking half they look like a blur of movement and fine technique, a team to light up the Champions League next season. Ask them to defend for a while, as they had to in that second-half period where City could have scored four times, and they can look like a team still being furiously bolted together. Raheem Sterling will take a lot of plaudits for his fine display fronting up Liverpool’s attacking diamond. But the outstanding player on the pitch on Sunday afternoon and the man who curates most smoothly the transition out of rickety defence into high spec attack was Philippe Coutinho. What a player Coutinho has become. At one stage in the first half at Anfield as Liverpool picked out another swirling passing move 35 yards from goal, Coutinho produced an astonishing moment of skill, a rabona-on-the-run through-pass, crafted out of split-second necessity not extravagance, that found its man and drew a bark of astonishment from the home support on that side even as the attack continued around it. This is player who basically has everything. Coutinho can dribble and run and tackle. But mainly he can pass: short or long, attack or defence and always at a high tempo in thought and execution. At moments like this he looks like a young Brazilian Paul Scholes. Match report: Liverpool 3-2 Man City Pictures: Tom Jenkins’s best images from the match Andy Hunter: five talking points from Anfield Gerrard praises Liverpool display after crucial win Barney Ronay: Liverpool thrill on sombre weekend Michael Cox: Sterling sparkles in midfield diamond Pictures: Hillsborough disaster 25th anniversary Wenger dodges a bullet as Arsenal beat Wigan Ex-Arsenal star Wilson to have cancer treatment Wenger: cup will boost league form Amy Lawrence: a day in the strife of Wenger Poyet’s future at Sunderland is uncertain Terry says he told Dowd to send off Flores Match report: Swansea 0-1 Chelsea Match report: Hull City 5-3 Sheffield United Jacob Steinberg: last cut is the deepest for Blades Cardiff’s Solskjaer uses anger to beat Southampton Pardew hoping Rmy return will silence boo-boys Read the match report: Stoke City 1-0 Newcastle United Sherwood compares Spurs’ Eriksen to Bergkamp Match report: Crystal Palace 1-0 Aston Villa Match report: Fulham 1-0 Norwich Continue reading…