Jordan Henderson says Phillippe Coutinho can be one of the world's best

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring their first goal

The Brazilian was the standout performer in the Reds' 4-3 opening day defeat of Arsenal on Sunday.

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring their first goal with teammatesLiverpool's Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring their first goal with teammates

Jordan Henderson has said his Liverpool teammate Philippe Coutinho has the talent to become one of the world's premier footballers, according to a report in the Liverpool Echo.

Coutinho produced a masterclass as his two goals helped the Reds to victory in a thriller of a game against Arsenal in their first game of the new Premier League campaign.

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring their third goal with Nathaniel ClyneLiverpool's Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring their third goal with Nathaniel Clyne

The Brazilian has continuously shown glimpses of his ability since his move to Anfield in 2013, and has easily been one of the club's most consistent performers since then.

Reds captain Henderson praised the impact of his teammate over the past few campaigns, and has warned that he is not far off from joining the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez in world football's top table.

“Messi, Ronaldo and Suarez - they are seen as the elite players in world football,” Henderson told the Liverpool Echo.

“Philippe has certainly got the talent, the work ethic and the hunger to get into that bracket.

Liverpool's Jordan Henderson celebrates after the matchLiverpool's Jordan Henderson celebrates after the match

“He’s a fantastic player for us. I’ve seen him develop as a player during his time at Liverpool and he’s still only 24.

“If he continues to work as hard as he does and continues to develop like he has done then I’m sure he will be in that bracket before long. He’s still very young.

“Hopefully it won’t be long before people do regard him alongside the Messis of this world. We have to try to keep him fit and keep him playing like that because he was brilliant against Arsenal."

Liverpool will be relying on Coutinho to keep them in the hunt for honours throughout the new season, and his man of the match performance at the Emirates Stadium represents a great start towards this goal.

Liverpool's Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring their third goalLiverpool's Philippe Coutinho celebrates scoring their third goal

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