Philippe Coutinho has answered critics, says Liverpool legend Luis Garcia

Liverpool legend Luis Gacia believes Philippe Coutinho has the trust of manager Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho has banished any lingering doubts over his ability with his recent performances, according to Luis Garica.

The Brazil international scored a 78th-minute winner to help the Reds edge to a 3-2 victory over Manchester City at Anfield last weekend.

He has a lot of quality, and knows how to keep the ball, look for the space and to give the accurate pass

Luis Garcia

Coutinho, who moved to the Reds from Inter Milan in 2013, has scored two goals and made two assists in his last five Premier League games.

And Liverpool legend Garcia has been impressed with Coutinho’s form, adding that he sees similarities to his own playing style.

“There’s a few differences, too, but yeah, I think so. A lot of people are just looking at the No.10 on his shirt and how tall we are!” Garcia told SkySports.com.

“But there’s some things we both like to do, such as his dribbling skills.

“He scored a brilliant goal [against City]. I think he’s been very good. People were maybe having doubts, because of the kind of player he is, but he’s got the confidence of the manager now.

“Playing more regularly means he can show the type of player he is, and he’s still only 21.

“He has a lot of quality, and knows how to keep the ball, look for the space and to give the accurate pass. Also he’s scoring goals, so what more can you expect from a player like that?”

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