Jamie Carragher: Philippe Coutinho is becoming Liverpool’s key player

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher highlights Philippe Coutinho's steady improvement this season

Philippe Coutinho is quickly becoming Liverpool’s go-to-man, according to Jamie Carragher.

The Brazil international produced a mesmerising performance to help Liverpool ease to a 2-0 victory over struggling Newcastle United at Anfield on Monday night.

As this season has progressed, and for the future, Coutinho is Liverpool’s

Jamie Carragher

Coutinho managed to register five attempts on Tim Krul’s goal and went on seven successful dribbles, although the 22-year-old failed to beat the Newcastle shot stopper.

Liverpool lost talisman Luis Suarez to Barcelona in a £75m deal last summer, and Carragher believes Coutinho is becoming the Uruguayan’s successor as the club’s key man.

“The role he played tonight was the false nine we speak about a lot,” Carragher told Sky Sports.

“We expect him in a wide area, but we saw some of his touches tonight and his ability in small spaces against players, some of the pieces of play he produced tonight.

“Last season Luis Suarez was Liverpool’s main man, the go-to man. But as this season has progressed, and for the future, Coutinho is Liverpool’s.”

Coutinho scored a late winner in a 1-0 victory over Championship side Blackburn Rovers in their FA Cup quarter-final replay at Ewood Park last week.

The Liverpool playmaker has scored five goals this year, including memorable strikes against Manchester City and Southampton in the Premier League.

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Coutinho signed a new five-year deal with the Reds in February after he completed a £8.5m move to Anfield from Inter Milan in January 2013.

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