Coutinho has lauded Brazil’s teenage starting forward Gabriel Jesus, who played alongside him in his country’s 5-0 thrashing of Bolivia the other day.
Our playmaker bagged, but so did Palmeiras forward Jesus, who has already agreed to join Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City in January.
It turns out Liverpool’s no.10 rates the wonderkid pretty highly…
“He is a crack player,” said Coutinho, cited in the Manchester Evening News.
“He will have no difficulty in adapting – he is an agile, strong and fast player.
“Everything you need to play in England, he has it, and I’m sure he will do well.”
Interestingly, Jesus is the centre-forward keeping Roberto Firmino out of the Brazilian starting XI right now, with Coutinho and Neymar the current wide-attackers.
We watched him a lot at the Olympics and his ability is undeniably jaw-dropping. He’s rapid, has feet like Neymar and an eye for goal. It’s a shame in truth that he’s joining City, but with Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and the like currently keeping £38m signing Leroy Sane out of the side, he might struggle to get straight into the team.
Still, with two superb Brazilian internationals currently starting up top for Liverpool, we can hardly complain. There aren’t many players in world football we’d swap Coutinho and Firmino for.