Liverpool boss Brendan Rodghers has branded Philippe Coutinho‘s performance against Newcastle Utd on Saturday as “outstanding”, adding that he “fits the culture” the club are trying to build.
Coutinho sparkled in a magical display in the 6-0 victory on Tyneside, assisting in several of the goals and nearly grabbing himself a stunning goal towards the end, had it not been for the crossbar.
Rodgers told the club’s official website, “We build up players in the country and put them on a pedestal and then quickly nail them down.
“He’s had an outstanding performance and people can see why we brought him in. He’s 20 years of age and fits the culture of what we’re trying to do here.”
But Rodgers also issued caution not to pin too many hopes on Coutinho’s young shoulders, especially in his first season in English football since joining from Inter Milan in January.
Rodgers added, “He’s technically strong and he’s a very humble boy. He works hard, you can see the effort in his game, the pressure, the intensity, so he fits in really well, but there’s a long way to go.
“If you look at the stats you’ll see I haven’t eased him in gently. He’s played nearly every game.”