Outgoing Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard has tipped Philippe Coutinho to be ‘the next big thing’, following his clean sweep of the end of season awards.
The Brazilian was voted the Player of the Year and the Players’ Player of the Year, while he also won Goal of the Season and Performance of the Season for his efforts against Southampton and Manchester City respectively.
Gerrard, who picked up the Outstanding Achievement award on Tuesday night, used his acceptance speech to lavish praise on his teammate, who he believes has the ability to become the new idol of the Kop.
It’s a position that has long since been held by our iconic No. 8, who will complete his Liverpool career this weekend when the Reds travel to Stoke City for the final game of our Premier League season. He’ll then join LA Galaxy in an 18-month deal ahead of a probably retirement.
Speaking about Coutinho, he said in quotes taken by the Daily Mirror: “I’m bored of speaking about myself. I want to pay tribute to Philippe. This is his night. I think he’s cleaned up on the awards and deservedly so.
“I’m privileged to share a dressing room with him. He’s the next big thing for me. I hope he stays here for a long time and can help the club win more trophies.”
Gerrard also remains confident that his side can bounce back from a disappointing campaign. “I love all these lads to death and wish them every success in the future,” he added.
“I believe there’s a great core of players here and I’m sure they will strengthen in the summer and compete for everything on offer.”