It seems Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers can’t stop praising Philippe Coutinho after his recent impressive performances. The 22-year-old once again scored the winner against Manchester City at Anfield on Sunday. The likes of Kompany, Mangala and Fernandinnho found it almost impossible to deal with the Brazilian international as he skipped past the blue shirts with ease.
Coutinho has been a vital part of the Liverpool side since joining from Inter Milan in a 8.5 mp deal, and has been shifting gears regularly. After a poor start to the season, Brendan Rodgers side are back to their best and Coutinho is the key reason to their improved performances. The Reds looked toothless against Besiktas in the Europa League in the absence of Coutinho and were knocked out on penalties, but Rodgers decision to rest him is now justified as they find themselves in a very strong position to secure a Champions League berth after their win against Manchester City.
“What he gives to the team, he offers that gold dust to how we play,” said the manager. “He’s a wonderful player.
“If you see his videos on YouTube, playing futsal when he was 11 or 12 in Brazil, he’s playing the same game now only as an adult.
“We knew he had ability, it was just about trusting that ability and allowing it to grow.”
“I’d seen him play with [Samuel] Eto’o and [Wesley] Sneijder in big games [at Inter] and he was just the type of player I love,” said Rodgers.
“He has a beautiful arrogance on the ball, his touch is magical but he’s effective and efficient with it and playing here at Liverpool, with the dynamics of how we want to work, is perfect for him.”
Asked if Coutinho could win the Player of the Year award, Rodgers told the media that “he is certainly going to be up there, there is no doubt about that.”
Coutinho’s goal against Southampton was awarded as the Goal of the Month by Match of the Day viewers. You can watch it here.