Philippe Coutinho is the brain of Liverpool, says Brendan Rodgers

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers heaps praise on Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho

Brendan Rodgers has underlined Philippe Coutinho’s importance to Liverpool, describing the Brazilian as the “brain” in his Reds side.

The 22-year-old midfielder, who was not part of Brazil’s World Cup squad, starred in the Reds’s 1-0 pre-season defeat by Roma in Boston on Wednesday.

Coutinho is facing stiff competition for places following the arrival of England international Adam Lallana, whilst there are reports that the Reds want Marco Reus.

But the Liverpool manager was quick to praise Coutinho after the friendly loss.

“Coutinho is the brain in our team, the continuity player,” said Rodgers. “He might not score many goals, but he’s a wonderful reference for the team.

“He is the one that gets the team ticking, gets the movement in front of the ball. He goes and gets on the ball. He’s a fantastic talent for such a young player and he’s still gaining his fitness.

“He makes the crowd get off their seat. For someone so small, he’s very tough and robust. He’s a wonderful technician that has a great idea, tactically, of the game.”

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