Daniel Sturridge has compared midfielder Philippe Coutinho to American magician David Blaine.
Coutinho starred on his return to the Liverpool starting line-up against Fulham last weekend, producing a superb performance marking his main attributes as a creative midfielder at Anfield.
There would have been a slight worry over whether the Brazilian could hit the ground running after a shoulder injury which he picked up at Swansea City earlier in the season.
However, he fitted back into the nicely and Daniel Sturridge has come up with a new nickname for Coutinho to mark his skills and quality as a footballer.
“To tell the truth, I hadn't heard about that! If I'm not mistaken he's a magician? David Blaine? I don't know, I guess it's cool for him [Sturridge] to say that, but to tell the truth I hadn't heard about it,” said Coutinho.
Coutinho has made seven appearances in all competitions so far for Liverpool and he’ll be looking to improve on the one assist he’s come up with so far in this campaign.
The effect he has on Liverpool’s midfield goes far beyond his ability to provide assists, because it was clear how much of a lift he gave to the side in the opening period against Fulham last weekend as Liverpool ran out comfortable winners.
Liverpool’s aim for this season is always going to be Champions League football and if they are consistent there is no reason they can’t achieve that, with Coutinho playing a big part in that possible achievement.
Coutinho is a player who needs to be playing Champions League football because potentially he could be one of the best creative players in Europe and if he achieves that with Liverpool, Brendan Rodgers and the fans should be a very happy bunch.
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