Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho: How Steven Gerrard has improved me

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho heaps praise on Reds captain Steven Gerrard

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Philippe Coutinho has credited Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard with helping the Brazilian to become a better player.

The 34-year-old midfielder is getting ready to say goodbye to his boyhood club with just two Premier League games remaining before Gerrard moves to Major League Soccer in the summer.

He’s an icon and having the opportunity to watch him closely has had in itself a huge positive impact on me

Philippe Coutinho

Coutinho has blossomed into one of Brendan Rodgers’ most important players over the past 18 months, scooping the club’s player of the month award for April.

The 22-year-old South American revealed that he has learnt a lot from Gerrard since the dimunitive playmaker’s move from Inter Milan in January 2013.

“He’s had a great influence on me and I must thank him for everything he did,” Coutinho told Liverpool’s website.

“I’m constantly observing him and the way he works in training. He’s selfless and treats everyone equally, from the youngest to the oldest.

“He’s an icon and having the opportunity to watch him closely has had in itself a huge positive impact on me.

“I’d like to thank him for these two and a half years we’ve been working together, which provided an opportunity for me to learn many things.

“I’m very honoured I’ve had the chance to live together with him daily in training and to play alongside him – it meant so much to me.

“I wish him and his family all the best on the course of his career. Thank you.”

Coutinho has scored five goals and has made five assists in 33 Premier League appearances for the Merseyside outfit this season.

The Reds playmaker was named in the PFA team of the year after an impressive campaign for the 18-time English champions.

The Brazil international moved to Liverpool from Inter Milan in an £8.5m deal 38 months ago.

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