Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers talks up Philippe Coutinho to Brazil boss
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers reveals he is always giving Brazil boss Luiz Felipe Scolari feedback about Philippe Coutinho
Brendan Rodgers has revealed that he regularly talks to Brazil manager Luiz Felipe Scolari about Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho.
The 21-year-old is vying for a place in Scolari’s 23-man squad for next summer’s World Cup in Brazil after earning his only cap almost three years ago.
Brazil have such an array of talent in Neymar, Oscar and Bernard, but Scolari knows all about Coutinho because I have been on about him and Lucas
Coutinho has scored four goals and made six assists in 23 appearances for Liverpool in all competitions following his £8.5m switch from Inter Milan in January.
And Rodgers, who worked under Scolari during the South American’s brief spell in charge of Chelsea, continues to give the Brazil boss regular feedback on the performances of Coutinho and Lucas Leiva.
“Philippe is such a talent now, he is an ¬absolute joy to watch, and I have been on to Scolari constantly about him because I know Luiz from my Chelsea days,” said Rodgers.
“Brazil have such an array of talent in Neymar, Oscar and Bernard, but Scolari knows all about Coutinho because I have been on about him and Lucas.
“Lucas has got into the team, which is great. Obviously it is more difficult in Philippe as there is a lot of competition in his position. But he really is at that level and he just has to keep playing and pushing his case.
“Felipe has asked me to keep an eye on the Brazil boys and give any feedback – even ones from other clubs – but I’m only concerned about ours here and, for me, Philippe is brilliant.”