Liverpool star Coutinho praises Pochettino, but says Rodgers most memorable

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Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho worked under Tottenham coach Mauricio Pochettino at Espanyol.

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has not forgotten his spell under Tottenham head coach Mauricio Pochettino at Espanyol, but credits Brendan Rodgers with having the biggest influence on his blossoming career.

Liverpool's official website reported quotes Coutinho made to World Soccer about his career so far, and early spell working under new boss Jurgen Klopp.

Coutinho believes the German is helping him become an even better player, but added regarding his previous coaches:

"I have been lucky to work under some fine managers already in my career and they have each added an element to my game.

"The likes of [Rafael] Benitez, [Mauricio] Pochettino and Dunga are great coaches, but I will always have a special gratitude to Brendan [Rodgers]. He believed in me and brought me here. He gave me the opportunity to play for such a great club."

Coutinho played under Pochettino at Espanyol in 2012, joining in January until the end of the season after a disappointing first half of the campaign at Inter Milan.

Pochettino helped get Coutinho playing regularly, and the Brazilian scored five goals in 16 games, the same number as he had done in 47 matches at Inter over two-and-a-half seasons.

12 months later he moved to Liverpool, but not after Pochettino had made an attempt to sign him for Southampton, as reported by The Mail.

Brendan Rodgers signed a gem, and Coutinho so nearly repaid him by helping the Reds get agonisingly close to a title triumph in 2013/14. 

Now the Brazilian is ready for a new chapter under Jurgen Klopp, and will be hoping to go one better. 

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