Brendan Rodgers has 'no qualms' over Philippe Coutinho's early season form

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Brendan Rodgers addressed the media ahead of Liverpool's trip to West Ham United in the Premier League.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has said he has no qualms about the form of Philippe Coutinho so far this season, despite a few concerns over his performances.

The Brazilian had an impressive pre-season but has failed to replicate that kind of form in the early stages of this campaign, despite being awarded a place in his country's international squad.

Rodgers was asked if it was a case of him coping with the Premier League but said given that he's been at the club for 18 months and impressed during his time, the Liverpool boss said that 'wasn't even a question'.

The Liverpool boss said he had planned to rest him for last weekend's defeat to Aston Villa but the absence of the likes of Joe Allen, Emre Can and Daniel Sturridge to injury made it impossible.

He said: "I've got no qualms about him. he's a big, big talent. He's lit up the Premier League since he came, there's going to be games where he isn't at his best.

"He's been here 18 months and he's been absolutely brilliant. I don't think it's a question of if he'll cope [in the Premier League]."

With the Reds signing nine players over the summer, and some less than convincing performances in the past week, Rodgers seemed calm going into the weekend's clash with West Ham, which he anticipates to be a huge test for his side, and said more time for his players to gel together is all that is needed to reach the high performance levels of last season.

"It's just constant work on the training field," he added. 

"There's no magic formula. It's just time and patience with players. We weren't playing how we were at the end of last season in the September of last season.

"We got players adapting to different countries, not just a new team, so that naturally takes that more time."

Rodgers also spoke of his delight that Mario Balotelli got his first Liverpool goal in the Reds' 2-1 win over Ludogorets in the Champions League in midweek.

"I'm very pleased for him, he worked in every aspect of his game the other night. he pressed the ball hard, he worked very well.

"I think for his confidence it'll do him the world of good."

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