Liverpool boss: Coutinho can reach 'world-class' level of Suarez

Philippe Coutinho

The Liverpool manager thinks the Brazilian playmaker can develop like their former star.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says he believes midfielder Philippe Coutinho could go on to become like Luis Suarez, according to Sky Sports

The Brazilian scored a sensational late winner for the Reds in their FA Cup fourth round replay with Bolton on Wednesday night to secure his side’s passage into the fifth round of the tournament.

Now his manager has said that he sees the talented attacking midfielder following a similar line of development as the Uruguayan, whose time at Liverpool saw him to develop into one of the world’s best before his summer move to Barcelona.

“He’ll become world class in the next couple of years,” said Rodgers,

“Luis Suarez was at a level when he played in this team and grew and grew with the model and the game model into a world class player and I can see Coutinho following in a similar sort of line.”

The Liverpool manager has also praised the 22-year-old for his commitment to his development and, more importantly, to the club.

Coutinho recently signed a new and improved contract at Anfield, tying him down with the Reds until 2020. His previous deal had seen him contracted to the club until 2018 but the Reds were keen to give him an extended and improved contract as they seek to tie down several of their key player for the long-term.

Now, his manager has said that he is an excellent role model for any other young and technical players in the country - and is certainly someone he would pay to watch.

“He’s a wonderful player and signing the new deal show’s he committed to Liverpool and his development,” added Rodgers.

“I’d pay money to watch that kid. You watch how he plays football and I think he’s a great role model for technical players in this country and young British players especially.”

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