Brendan Rodgers explains Liverpool midfielder’s ‘oustanding’ form

Brendan Rodgers heaps praise on Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho

Brendan Rodgers believes Philippe Coutinho’s recent upturn in form is down to Liverpool’s change of system.

The Brazil international has been utilised as part of a front three supporting lone striker Raheem Sterling during a nine-game unbeaten run for the Merseyside outfit.

He is a class act and still has so much development left to make and he is playing very well

Philippe Coutinho

The Liverpool boss has recalled holding midfielder Lucas Leiva to his starting line-up to free up playmakers Coutinho, Steven Gerrard and Adam Lallana to be more creative.

Rodgers reckons Coutinho has more options with the ball at his feet as a result, particularly highlighting the playmaker’s performance in a 1-1 draw with Chelsea on Tuesday.

“He was outstanding the other night,” Rodgers is quoted as saying by Fifa’s website.

“He is that bit of magic who makes that last pass in the final third. Last year he had Suarez and Sturridge to make those passes to but he hasn’t had that.

“Up until six or seven weeks ago he didn’t have that ability to make the threaded pass through. Once we had that bit of mobility and speed and movement at the top end of the field – and the others around him – that has really helped him.

“He is a class act and still has so much development left to make and he is playing very well.”

Coutinho has scored one goal and has made two assists in his last nine appearances in all competitions, including man-of-the-match performances against Arsenal and Leicester City.

The Brazilian has scored 10 goals in 65 Premier League appearances following his £8.5m move to Liverpool from Serie A outfit Inter Milan in January 2013.

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