Brendan Rodgers: Philippe Coutinho worth 'frightening amount' after Manchester City display

Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says playmaker Philippe Coutinho is now worth a frightening amount.

Liverpool's outstanding form over the second half of the season continued on Sunday with a superb win over Manchester City at Anfield.

Jordan Henderson's opener was cancelled out by Edin Dzeko, but Liverpool did go back in front, with Philippe Coutinho crashing home a long-range strike to win the game.

Coutinho, 22, has been the driving force behind Liverpool's great recent form, and has now hit three goals and two assists in his last eight appearances.

One of the major criticisms of Coutinho's game was that he didn't score enough goals, but he's now making a mockery of that claim with his recent exploits in front of goal.

Manager Brendan Rodgers has moved to praise Coutinho, saying that he is now worth far more than what Liverpool paid for him two years ago - and expects him to develop even more in the coming months and years at Anfield, with quotes reported by he Daily Mirror.

"I think he’s a star in the Premier League already," said Rodgers. "He joined us for £8.5m three years ago – it’s frightening to know what he could be worth now. He’s a joy to watch and now he’s started scoring goals. He’s a kid who has so much ahead of him in the game."

"He’s 22 and people forget he came to us at 19. He is a sensational footballer and to beat Joe Hart from that angle and with that power was phenomenal. His technique is at a high high level, so he’s going to score a lot more goals," he added.

Given Inter Milan's recent demise, their decision to sell Coutinho on the cheap in 2013 looks like a huge mistake - and Coutinho will now be relied upon to fire Liverpool into the Champions League places.

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