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Premier League Team of the Week: Sterling, Coutinho star in exhilarating attack

The Liverpool stars headline this week's squad following the Reds' dramatic victory over Manchester City.



This week we witnessed Brendan Rodgers' Liverpool seal its 10th consecutive Premier League victory, defeating Manchester City 3-2 in what many felt was a title decider.

With that knowledge behind us, two of the Reds' star forwards make our team, while Fulham's vital 1-0 win over Norwich sees a number of players from that side make the Goal XI as well.

Between the posts, David Stockdale (4) just edges out David Marshall (4) after making a series of stunning stops for Felix Magath's side as it overcame Norwich at Craven Cottage.

Joining the goalkeeper are center backs John Heitinga (3.5) and Brede Hangeland (3.5) after the pair combined to keep the Canaries at bay and secure a rare clean sheet.
STAR MAN: PHILIPPE COUTINHO
RATING VS MAN CITY

Looked up for it from the first minute as he worked hard defensively and made some crunching challenges on Nasri and Clichy. Struggled in front of goal until his fine first-time finish settled it.

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GOAL! Unbelievable, Liverpool are somehow back in front here. The chips were down for the Reds, with City largely on top, but Kompany's shocking error has just handed them a huge lifeline and it's one Coutinho takes with aplomb. There appeared little danger on at first from a throw, but Kompany's wild swing left Coutinho free on the edge and the midfielder swung his foot at the ball to bend an effort around Zabaleta and past Hart.

At right back, Branislav Ivanovic (3.5) makes his first appearance of the season in the Team of the Week following a convincing display in Chelsea's 1-0 win at Swansea on Sunday afternoon.

Newcastle is sinking without trace and Stoke became the latest outfit to beat it via a freak goal from Erik Pieters (3.5), who makes our team.

Nemanja Matic (4) has made an impact since returning to Stamford Bridge from Benfica and the Serbian put in a dominant display at the Liberty Stadium, culminating in a fine assist for Demba Ba to score the solitary goal of the game.

But we head to Anfield next to highlight the match-winning and sizzling performances from the attacking midfield duo of Raheem Sterling (4.5) and Philippe Coutinho (4.5). The former opened the scoring, waltzing past the Manchester City defense and Joe Hart and slotting into an empty net before the Brazilian completed the win with a superb snapshot finish.

Despite the ease in which Liverpool raced into a two-goal lead, the Reds were pegged back level from 2-0 up and that was in no small part thanks to David Silva's (4) genius. An honorable mention must also go to James Milner (3.5), who came off the bench to help drag City level.

Marko Arnautovic (4) has had a mixed season but is one of those players capable of brilliance seemingly at every turn. Though he didn't contribute directly to Stoke's win over Newcastle, he was influential throughout the match.

Finally up front we have Hugo Rodallega (4), Fulham's goal-scoring hero. The Colombian's finish was sharp and accurate and precisely the tonic needed if Magath's boys are going to achieve the impossible and stay up.

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