Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: Coutinho is the brain of our team
Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has praised young Philippe Coutinho and lauded him as ‘the brain’ of the Reds team.
The Premier League outfit lost 1-0 to Italian giants Roma last night in a pre-season friendly match at Fenway Park, Boston.
Despite suffering defeat, Rodgers praised the performance of his young Brazilian playmaker after the match.
Rodgers told the official club website:"Coutinho is the brain in our team, the continuity player.
"He might not score many goals, but he's a wonderful reference for the team. He is the one that gets the team ticking, gets the movement in front of the ball.
“He goes and gets on the ball. He's a fantastic talent for such a young player and he's still gaining his fitness.”
The Liverpool manager went on to praise the 22-year-old’s tactical intelligence and his robustness for someone so small.
"He makes the crowd get off their seat,” Rodgers enthused.
“For someone so small, he's very tough and robust. He's a wonderful technician that has a great idea, tactically, of the game."