Lucas: Young Talents Like Markovic and Coutinho Will Continue To Improve

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Lucas was impressed with teammates Lazar Markovic and Philippe Coutinho yesterday…

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva was full of praise for his teammates yesterday, as he discussed the impressive performances of Lazar Markovic and Philippe Coutinho following the Reds’ 1-0 win over Sunderland.

Markovic scored his first league goal to clinch the three points, while he also hit the crossbar and was denied what looked to be a clear penalty in the first-half.

“There’s no doubt he’s a very young player and people usually judge players after one or two months,” Lucas told Liverpool’s official website after the game.

“We know that the Premier League is a hard league to come and play in straight away, so he’s just improving all the time and today he showed again that he could be very important for the future of the club.”

Lucas also complimented his fellow Brazilian Coutinho, who impressed yet again on Saturday, at the end of a week where he was declared the winner of Liverpool’s Player of the Month Award for December.

“I think Coutinho can get anywhere he wants,” said the defensive midfielder. “His quality and his movement and his final pass. Philippe has been here for two years now and you can see he will only get better.

“They are young players. When you have difficult moments during the season, normally the young players struggle a bit more. But they have the quality and I think they will be very important.”

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