Liverpool’s Brendan Rodgers praises Philippe Coutinho’s impact at Arsenal

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers praises Philippe Coutinho's impact at Arsenal after coming on as a substitute

Phil Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho (centre) returned to the first-team at Arsenal Photo: Instagram/Lucas Leiva

Brendan Rodgers has praised Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho after the Brazilian made his comeback from injury in a 2-0 loss to Arsenal.

The 21-year-old was introduced at half-time at The Emirates but the former Inter Milan midfielder was unable to inspire the Reds to come from behind and salvage a result on Saturday evening.

Coutinho had been sidelined for six weeks after undergoing a shoulder operation following a clash with Ashley Williams in a 2-2 draw with Swansea City in September.

And Rodgers was encouraged by the South American’s impact in his 45-minute cameo against the Gunners.

“Young Philippe was excellent when he came on – wonderful feet, great on the ball and gave us a foothold in the game.

“He’s a player that can control a game; he has got that wonderful gift and ability to control. You saw his imagination, looking for those passes to penetrate. It’s great news for us.

“He has only really been back training with the team in the last few days after getting medical clearance. For him to get 45 minutes will be really good for him.

“Another good week next week and hopefully we can introduce him into the game next weekend.”

Coutinho has scored three goals and made five assists for the Reds following a £8.5m move from Inter Milan in the January transfer window.

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