Liverpool's Coutinho closes on Toure as the Premier League's long-range king

Jurgen Klopp’s men head to Watford with a massive advantage in the top-four battle and have to fully profit from the setbacks of their rivals

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Philippe Coutinho’s stunning free-kick for Liverpool against Crystal Palace has him one behind Manchester City’s Yaya Toure in the long-range goal stakes.

The Brazilian has made a habit of finding the target from distance during his time at Anfield.

He has now netted from outside the box on 13 occasions in Premier League fixtures, which places him hot on the heels of a man who has raised the bar on that particular front.

Coutinho’s spectacular effort against the Eagles broke the deadlock on Merseyside.

He has enjoyed a welcome return to form over recent weeks, having faced questions regarding his contribution after overcoming an ankle injury.

Liverpool were, however, unable to make it to half-time with their noses in front as they were haunted by a familiar face.

Former striker Christian Benteke made a habit of netting against the Reds during his time at Aston Villa and, following a forgettable spell at Anfield, he was back in the groove on Sunday.

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