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Brendan Rodgers: Why Coutinho is a great role model for other players


Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers was full of praise for midfielder Philippe Coutinho after yesterday's FA Cup win at the Macron Stadium.

The 22-year-old was supposed to be Internazionale's next wonderkid when he joined the Nerazzurri during the summer of 2010 but failed to secure a regular place with the Italian giants.

But the Brazilian blossomed under Brendan Rodger's management and the Northern Irishman believes he can become as big as an asset as former striker Luis Suarez.

"You'd just pay money to watch that kid," Rodgers said after yesterdays 2-1 away win.

"You watch how he plays football and I think he's a great role model for lots of technical players in this country - young British players that maybe for many years would have been discarded because they were technically good but maybe not as big in stature.

"He'll become world class in the next couple of years.

"We had Luis Suarez who was at that level, played in this team and he grew and grew with the game model and rightly went into the world-class bracket.

"I can see Coutinho following a similar sort of line. He might not be as prolific as Suarez was, but he's certainly on the way to that level.

"He's a wonderful, wonderful player and signing the new deal shows he's really committed to Liverpool and his development."

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