Philippe Coutinho can rediscover the best form of his Liverpool days at Bayern Munich, according to club favourite Ze Roberto, but he has to start finding the net.The Barcelona misfit is set for an initial loan switch to the Bundesliga champions, who will have an option to buy if the 27-year-old proves a success.He has struggled for form in Spain since moving in January 2018, never looking at his best and scoring just five goals in La Liga last season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Are Chelsea this season’s Ajax? Super-subs Batshuayi & Pulisic show Blues can dare to dream Ze Roberto, now 45, knows what it takes for a Brazilian to succeed at Bayern having made more than 150 Bundesliga appearances for the club, and he is backing Coutinho to enjoy similar success.“For me, Coutinho is a first-class player,” he told kicker. “But he has to prove that by returning to the level he showed at Liverpool. But I think Bayern is a club with a perfect atmosphere for him to do it.“His greatest strength is his ability to shake up the opposing lines. With his dribbling, but also with his game intelligence, which means that he knows how to use the other players in front of goal, he knows how to set them free. But he has to increase his goal return.”Ze Roberto won four Bundesliga titles and four DFB-Pokals during his time at the club, and Coutinho will be expected to contribute to a similar level of success.Manager Niko Kovac is taking his side into the post-Robben and Ribery era and looking to hold off the challenge of Lucien Favre’s effervescent Borussia Dortmund side at the same time. Coutinho won’t have long to find his feet – but Ze Roberto thinks he has the explanation for his indifferent returns at Barcelona.“Because he often only played as a substitute,” he said. “And he didn’t often play in his best position – coming in from the left or from deep with momentum to attack the goal.“And when he was there, he couldn’t bring the necessary intensity on the pitch like he did at Liverpool. But at Bayern, I think he should be able to settle in better.”Ze Roberto isn’t the only person tipping Coutinho to find his feet in Bavaria.New teammate Robert Lewandowski, hoping to profit from the Brazilian’s playmaking ability, thinks he will fit in seamlessly at the Allianz Arena, while former Liverpool team-mate Marko Grujic has gone as far as predicting he will be the best player in Germany.
Stocks on Wall Street closed with small gains Tuesday, avoiding a third straight decline for the market.Technology and internet stocks led the winners, while industrial companies and consumer products makers lagged the market. Investors were looking ahead to the start on Wednesday of two days of congressional testimony by Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell.On Tuesday:The S&P 500 rose 3.68 points, or 0.1%, to 2,979.63.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 22.65 points, or 0.1%, to 26,783.49.The Nasdaq composite gained 43.35 points, or 0.5%, to 8,141.73.The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks added 1.20 points, or 0.1%, to 1,562.59.For the week:The S&P 500 is down 10.78 points, or 0.4%.The Dow is down 138.63 points, or 0.5%.The Nasdaq is down 20.06 points, or 0.3%.The Russell 2000 is down 13.04 points, or 0.8%.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 472.78 points, or 18.9%.The Dow is up 3,456.03 points, or 14.8%.The Nasdaq is up 1,506.45 points, or 22.7%.The Russell 2000 is up 214.03 points, or 15.9%.The Associated Press
EVERYBODY STAY CALM. Twink’s autobiography is coming out.And it’s called “Unzipped”.*pause to sob*Ken Sweeney reports in the Irish Independent that the self-appointed panto queen’s intimate memoir will be released this Christmas, after being “mysteriously postponed” last year.So what do you get if you Google “Twink Unzipped”?Well, these things:For context, here’s the Urban Dictionary entry for ‘twink’.In fairness, the book is also there:You wouldn’t want to miss it, is all we’re saying. We fear a lot of aunties will be getting unexpected Christmas presents this year.More: 9 totally inappropriate ‘sexy’ Halloween costumes>For more, follow @dailyedge on Twitter and like The Daily Edge on Facebook.