Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho has told the club’s website that he’s constantly observing teammate Steven Gerrard.
The Brazilian has been impressed by several aspects of the Liverpool legend and feels he is the perfect role model around whom he can build his own game.
Gerrard will appear at Anfield as a Liverpool player for the final time this weekend when the Reds take on Crystal Palace.
“He’s had a great influence on me and I must thank him for everything he did,” said Coutinho.
“I’m constantly observing him and the way he works in training. He’s selfless and treats everyone equally, from the youngest to the oldest.”
“He’s an icon and having the opportunity to watch him closely has had in itself a huge positive impact on me.”
Gerrard isn’t a bad model for Coutinho to study and it will be interesting to see if he changes the way he plays looking ahead to next season.
Coutinho has benefited from the creativity and precision that Gerrard has provided in Liverpool’s midfield, which is something the Brazilian will definitely miss next season.
There’s also going to be some extra pressure on Coutinho to compensate for the goal threat that Gerrard provided in Liverpool’s team.
Coutinho has bagged five goals and five assists this season and manager Brendan Rodgers could challenge him to get closer to double figures in both areas next year.
There is no magic way or trick to how Liverpool are going to cope without Gerrard. It’s going to take a lot of hard work on the part of the manager and the players across the middle of the team, with Coutinho being someone who could certainly increase in importance over 2015/2016.