Liverpool manager Rodgers wants more goals from the “wonderful” Coutinho
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has spoken to Philippe Coutinho over his lack of goals, despite regularly finding himself in goal scoring positions.
The young Brazilian has only scored twice this season and Rodgers wants that to improve.
The Reds manager did go on to praise the 21-year-old, telling the Daily Star that he was a wonderful player.
Rodgers said: “It’s a mixture, really. It’s a mixture of confidence and practice.
“I think he’s got himself into some great positions – but I spoke to him and said that maybe he tries to be too accurate. What’s important is you hit the target.
“He’s a wonderful player. He opens the game up for us at times, he’s a player that loves to have the ball and allows you to continue with your game, and he puts defenders on the back foot.
“He’s a kid that works very, very hard at his game. I’m sure once one goes in, he can go on a little run of goals.”
Coutinho moved to Anfield from Inter Milan for only £7 million and Rodgers believes he has already proved to be a great signing.
He does expect him to continue developing into an even better player.
Rodgers added: “He’s an outstanding talent. I’m not sure what price he’d be now, considering what we brought him in for a year ago.
“He’s still got a lot of development to make and a lot of hard work ahead, but he’s shown to be a great signing for us.”