Philippe Coutinho makes my job easy at Liverpool, says Daniel Sturridge

Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge admits his Brazilian team-mate Philippe Coutinho has made his job "easy" at the Reds

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

Daniel Sturridge admits Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho is making his job “very easy” at the Reds after the pair combined to lethal effect at Fulham on Sunday.

The England international scored his first-ever hat-trick in a 3-1 victory over the Cottagers, with Coutinho creating two of the striker’s three goals.

Brendan Rodgers snapped up Sturridge in a £12m deal from Chelsea before Coutinho swapped Inter Milan for the Reds in an £8m transfer in January.

Coutinho has created more clear cut chances for team-mates than any other player in the Premier League since moving to England, and Sturridge heaped praise on the 20-year-old.

“Coutinho is a quality player,” Sturridge told Liverpool’s website. “He’s assisted me four or five times since he has been here.

“And it’s fantastic to be playing with a player of his calibre.

“He’s a quality player and I can’t praise him highly enough for what he has shown. It’s very difficult to do what he has done in such a short space of time.

“I want to say thanks to him because he’s made my job very easy and he’s been very unselfish. He’s put me in many times and it’s fantastic to work with him.”

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