Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers plays down Philippe Coutinho hype
Liverpool's Brendan Rodgers doesn't want Philippe Coutinho to be burdened with too much expectation after his display at Newcastle
Brendan Rodgers has played down growing hype surrounding Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho after the Brazilian starred in a 6-0 win at Newcastle United.
The 20-year-old thrived in the absence of Liverpool’s chief architect Luis Suárez, playing a role in two of the Reds’ goals while also hitting the crossbar at St James’ Park.
Coutinho has scored twice and made five assists in 10 Premier League appearances after completing a £8.5m move to the Merseyside outfit from Inter Milan in January.
And while Rodgers is thrilled with Coutinho’s start to life at Anfield and his Magpies display, the Liverpool manager warned the midfielder that there is a long way to go in his development.
“We build up players in the country and put them on a pedestal and then quickly nail them down,” Rodgers told Liverpool’s website.
“He’s had an outstanding performance and people can see why we brought him in. He’s 20 years of age and fits the culture of what we’re trying to do here.
“He’s technically strong and he’s a very humble boy. He works hard, you can see the effort in his game, the pressure, the intensity, so he fits in really well, but there’s a long way to go.
“If you look at the stats you’ll see I haven’t eased him in gently. He’s played nearly every game.”
Coutinho scored three goals in 28 Serie A appearances for Inter Milan after completing a move to the San Siro with former Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez at the helm in 2010.