Philippe Coutinho can be one of the best midfielders in world football, according to his manager…
Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho can match the achievements of Real Madrid’s midfield duo Luka Modric and Toni Kroos, according to his manager Brendan Rodgers.
The Brazilian signed a new long-term contract at Anfield yesterday, having played a key role in the Reds recent upturn in results – leading Rodgers to lavish praise on the 22-year-old.
The Northern Irishman, who was quoted by the Daily Mirror, said: “If you look at that type of player he is, you look at Modric. He doesn’t have a big goalscoring record, but he is a world-class player, a continuity player.
“He can make passes and put the ball in behind and he gets the odd goal from outside the box. He is a top-class player who can create the game who is so important in opening up doors for the team.
“Toni Kroos is another of that type; a wonderful footballer and great passer. They maybe don’t get as many goals for what their technique is, but their role is to sit behind the ball and create goals for others.
“Their role is not to score 20 a season. Phil’s numbers will improve, but it is not the be all and end all if he doesn’t get 20 a season.”