Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers praises ‘incredible’ Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho

The Brazilian starred in the Reds’ 2-0 victory over Newcastle last night and gained his manager’s plaudits.

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for Philippe Coutinho following the Brazilian’s performance in last night’s 2-0 win over Newcastle.

The South American played at the centre of an attacking trident alongside Philippe Coutinho and Jordon Ibe and controlled possession for the hosts.

The South American has had a spectacular season in 2014-15, with the playmaker scoring some scintillating goals and creating opportunities for his team-mates.

Rodgers has stated that Coutinho, who joined the Merseyside club for £8 million from Inter Milan, was worth much more than that now.

“He’s a young player who came in and we only paid £8million for him which was purely down to Inter Milan needing funds,” the Northern Irish manager told Sky Sports.

“It was nothing to do with ability. I’d seen him play as an 18-year-old in the Champions League against top class players.

“He was a kid who has always had ability but he’s become stronger and a lot more tactically aware.

“You can see he really orchestrates the game for us and it was an outstanding performance. He’s had a wonderful season.”

Rodgers revealed that he was happy with how the Brazil international coped with a slightly different role in the team and claimed he is one of the Premier League’s top talents.

“I thought he was incredible tonight,” Rodgers continued.

“I thought he showed that he’s really up there with the very best in the most competitive league in the world.

“I played him that sort of role just in front of the centre-halves thinking we could exploit the space in between their midfield and the centre-halves. I thought he was sensational.”

Liverpool’s win takes them to within four points of Manchester City in fourth place, with the Reds having an outside chance of catching Manuel Pellegrini’s faltering side and qualifying for the Champions League.

Rodgers’ charges will need to win their remaining six games and hope that the current champions’ poor form over recent months continues.

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