‘Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho will be even better next season’

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho will be even better next season, according to former Reds striker John Aldridge

Philippe Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho joined from Inter Milan in January Photo: Football.ua, via Wikimedia

John Aldridge has backed Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho to be “even better” next season.

The Brazil international was unable to guide the Reds to victory in the Merseyside derby on Sunday but still earned plaudits for an influential performance in midfield.

Coutinho has adjusted to life in the Premier League with ease after scoring two goals and making five assists in 11 appearances following a £8.5 move from Inter Milan.

And Aldridge was impressed by the playmaker’s display in the goalless draw with Everton and reckons the South American could become a big player for the 18-time English champions.

“I was really impressed by how Philippe Coutinho made his mark on the derby,” Aldridge wrote in his Liverpool Echo column.

“The little Brazilian is developing all the time and I love watching him.

“The pass he put through for Daniel Sturridge in the second half was absolutely sublime.

“Coutinho is still only a baby but he has great vision and ability to pick a pass.

“He’s still being nurtured and he’s learning all the time.

“He will be even better next season after the experiences of recent months and could be a really big player for us in the future.”

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