Rodgers talks up Coutinho - hint at how Liverpool will set up?

Brendan Rodgers described Philippe Coutinho as the 'brain' of the Liverpool side.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has hailed Philippe Coutinho as the 'brain' of the Liverpool team.

Coutinho is one of the most exciting talents in a young Liverpool squad and had some impressive moments last season and has been one of the eye-catching performers for the Reds so far during this pre-season.

Rodgers is quoted by the official Liverpool website, saying: "Coutinho is the brain in our team, the continuity player. He might not score many goals, but he's a wonderful reference for the team.

"He is the one that gets the team ticking, gets the movement in front of the ball. He goes and gets on the ball. He's a fantastic talent for such a young player and he's still gaining his fitness.

"He makes the crowd get off their seat. For someone so small, he's very tough and robust. He's a wonderful technician that has a great idea, tactically, of the game."

A lot has been mentioned about Liverpool's transfer dealings this summer, and the effect it will have on continue's place in the side. 

The Brazilian was one of the more regular players for Liverpool that season, and only really found himself missing out when Raheem Sterling started playing in a central position from the start of games, but even then Coutinho was either used from the bench or in a different position - possibly rotating with Sterling in order to confuse the opposition. 

Some would say the signing of Adam Lallana from Southampton provides direct competition for Coutinho, whilst Suso returning from his loan spell combined with the signing of Lazar Markovic from Benfica means that competition is intense. 

But Rodgers's comments seem to suggest that he would like part of the team to revolve around the Brazilian. He is undoubtedly talented with two quick feet, plenty of skills in his locker, and can provide a killer pass. When on form, no defence wants to face him.

In the long-term, it could certainly be a good idea. Coutinho may feel a little more assured of his place in the side after hearing what the manager has to say.

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