Aldridge heaps praise on the midfielder.
Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge thinks Philippe Coutinho’s form this season shows the midfielder can go onto become a ‘Brazilian great.’
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Coutinho netted a Goal of the Season contender during the 2-0 Premier League victory over Southampton on Sunday, but the South American’s all round game is what has impressed the most.
This has led Aldridge to declare that despite failing to truly establish himself in a crowded setup for his national team, the 22-year-old can join the illustrious list of all-time greats for Brazil.
“I’m absolutely over the moon with the win [against the Saints] and the goal from Coutinho was ‘a worldie’,” the 56-year-old was quoted by the club’s website.
“He can go on to become a Brazilian great, we know he’s got the ability and I’m delighted for him.”
Along with Daniel Sturridge – who was signed in the same transfer window in January 2013 – Coutinho is widely regarded as Brendan Rodgers’ best signing since becoming manager back in 2012.
The midfield ace was a bit-part player at former side Inter Milan, but since arriving on Merseyside has established himself as an important part of the starting XI and has shown his versatility in a variety of positions.
With Steven Gerrard’s summer move to LA Galaxy bringing to an end the era of the old guard, the likes of Coutinho, Sturridge and Raheem Sterling will be looked at to take us back to the glory days.