Fabio Aurelio comments on development of Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho

Coutinho's standing in the Liverpool squad has grown markedly over the past 12 months.

Former Liverpool defender Fabio Aurelio has been talking to the club's website about the development of fellow Brazilian Philippe Coutinho and has said he's had the opportunities to show what he can do at Anfield since moving from Inter Milan. 

Coutinho signed in January 2013 for £8.5 million from the Serie A side and his importance has grown ever since his arrival.

His technique and wonderful skill has made him a very tricky customer for any opponent to deal with and he has become something of a central figure to the way the Reds now play.

Aurelio told the official Liverpool website: "He was always a quality player, a quick player that could play very well between the lines. Quick-thinking as well.

"At Liverpool, he had the chance he needed to step up and improve his game; he had the opportunity to show his true qualities.

"I enjoyed watching him a lot last season and now he will have even more confidence to keep doing the great job he is doing at the moment. I wish him the very best."

Coutinho was one of the bright sparks of a pretty dismal 2014-15 season for the Reds as he came up with some pretty important strikes at key moments during the second half of the campaign - including wins over Southampton and Manchester City - and the side's run to the FA Cup semi-final which ended in disappointment. 

There is still a desire for him to improve his end product, but the 23-year-old will more than likely become more clinical in the future, and could be helped by the arrival of his compatriot Roberto Firmino during this summer. 

As the Reds are targeting a return to the Champions League next season, there is a degree more pressure on Coutinho to perform, as there has been since the departure of Luis Suarez and because of the injuries suffered by Daniel Sturridge. Now Liverpool just need him to thrive over the next year. 

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