Brazil playmaker is a joy to behold, says his skipper Steven Gerrard.
Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has hailed the positive influence of recent new arrival Philippe Coutinho on Anfield, says the Daily Mail.
The Brazil international only joined the Reds from Serie A giants Inter Milan in a deal worth just £8.5 million in the January transfer window, but in the intervening short period of time the midfield player has lit up the club with his vast array of skills.
And, despite the fact that the 20-year-old has only so far started the three games for the Merseysiders, and been substituted in every single one of them, the player has still managed to contribute one goal and two assists to the club’s cause in the process of his 202 minutes of action on the field of play.
And, England international midfield player Gerrard has been quick to recognise the impact that Coutinho has already had on the rest of the Liverpool players, and has certainly been impressed by the Brazilian flair that Coutinho brings to the side.
“He’s got moments of magical brilliance,” said Gerrard, as quoted in the Daily Mail piece referenced above.
“I think you’ll see the best of him next season when he gets a full pre-season under his belt and gets used to the speed of the game.
“What he has shown for 55 or 60 minutes is that he’s a top player and he belongs in a Liverpool shirt.
“If we can get that for 90 minutes from him next season then he’s going to be a great asset for us.”