Steven Gerrard has told the Daily Mail that he had a conversation about Philippe Coutinho with Luis Suarez before the Uruguayan left the club.
Gerrard, 35, left Liverpool this summer in order to embark on a new chapter of his career with MLS side Los Angeles Galaxy, becoming the latest big name to make the move over to the United States.
The former Reds skipper has now told the Daily Mail that, on the day that Luis Suarez left Anfield to sign for Barcelona back in 2014, the pair had a conversation about Philippe Coutinho.
Coutinho has established himself as Liverpool's chief playmaker since his move from Inter Milan in 2013, and the Brazilian's absence through suspension was certainly felt on Saturday as Liverpool lost 3-1 to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
At just 23, Coutinho still has his best days ahead of him, and Liverpool should certainly be building their side around the diminutive midfielder having lost Gerrard and Suarez over the last year or so.
Gerrard has revealed that, just before Suarez left Liverpool for Barcelona, he told Gerrard to 'look after' Coutinho, highlighting just how much the Uruguayan hitman rated Coutinho.
"Before Luis Suarez left Liverpool’s training ground for the last time he spoke to me about Philippe Coutinho. ‘Make sure you look after him,’ Luis said of Philippe," revealed Gerrard. "That told me how much Suarez rated Coutinho as a player. I knew they were close, because all the South Americans and Spaniards loved Luis."
"But it struck a chord with me when Luis singled out Philippe as our most special young talent. It echoed my own view. Philippe is wonderfully gifted and I expect him to become Liverpool’s leading player. Many Liverpool fans already regard him as our main man," he added.
The best showing of Coutinho's talent this season came with his stunning winner against Stoke City in Liverpool's first game of the season - and that match-winning ability is what Liverpool need from Coutinho, with Gerrard and Suarez, two of their biggest players in recent years, now moved on.