Liverpool forward Daniel Sturridge has reserved special praise for his teammate Philippe Coutinho in an interview published by the Liverpool Echo.
Sturridge returned to Brendan Rodgers’ match-day squad this weekend after five months on the side-lines, and he wasted little time doing what he does best, scoring the second goal in the 2-0 win against West Ham United.
But while the England international dispatched the shot it was improving Brazilian play-maker Coutinho who provided the assist and Sturridge was fully aware of his teammates’ contribution.
“It was great play by Coutinho,” Sturridge said. “We have a great relationship. He knows my runs and I know the types of passes he likes to play as well. He makes my job easier.”
When a striker has a player like that operating behind him it can only be great for the side, and Liverpool will be hoping the duo continue to develop their partnership on the pitch in the weeks and months to come.
Coutinho has blossomed this campaign, making 31 appearances and scoring two goals and providing five assists in that time.
The 22-year-old also set up Sterling’s vital opening strike and at this rate he could be integral to Liverpool’s apparent climb back up the table.