Rodgers backing for Coutinho

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has backed Philippe Coutinho to help fill the void left by Luis Suarez's departure and take his game to another level.

Last Updated: 11/08/14 at 10:22 Post Comment

Phillipe Coutinho: Backed to shine this season

Phillipe Coutinho: Backed to shine this season

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Coutinho has impressed in pre-season and he was outstanding in Sunday's 4-0 win over Borussia Dortmund with a goal and an assist.

There will be extra responsibility on Coutinho this season, following Suarez's departure to Barcelona, but Rodgers is confident the Brazilian will rise to the occasion.

"He is so gifted as a player,” Rodgers said. “The supporters appreciated him against Dortmund because of the level of the opposition.

"His ability is magical in tight situations. He doesn’t get marked, tempts defenders out and his weight of passes.

"I just think he needs to add sustainability. He needs to do that on the big stage, and he’ll get that opportunity.”

Rodgers believes Coutinho will relish the opportunity of pitting his wits against the best players in the UEFA Champions League this season.

"He will show at that level he’s a top player," added Rodgers. "It’s about sustaining that level of performance and doing that on the big stage.

"I see him over the next few years being on the world level for Liverpool and Brazil."

I think Coutinho could be immense this season. He may even get into double figures for goals too which would be awesome. As some other Liverpool fans have mentioned elsewhere, I think the goal-scoring exploits of Suarez are intended to be spread around many players rather than buying his replacement. If you get 5+ extra goals from Coutinho, 10-15 from Lallana, 5-10 from Markovic, 5-10 from Can etc then you are replacing either all or the vast majority of Suarez's goals added to Lovren shoring up the defence then things don't look so bad. As for the assists debate that rival fans keep bleeting on about, I think the players we have creatively are more than capable of replicating Suarez's assist input as well. Our attack is blistering with pace and that always creates chances and assists.
- lfcfan80

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