Phillipe Coutinho has heaped praise on his Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers for playing a crucial part in his development.
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The Brazilian international has been one of Rodgers’ better signings after joining from Serie A side Inter Milan in 2011 and is approaching 100 appearances for the Merseyside outfit.
Whilst the talent has always been clear to see in the 22-year-old, there has always been question marks over his consistency, and his impact in big games especially in away from home.
This season he has gone some way to answering his critics and has been a key part of Liverpool’s good form in the league since December, which has given them hope of a top-four finish, while they also retain a hope of winning the FA Cup this season.
Playing in a free role behind the striker for the Reds in a 3-4-2-1 formation has seen Coutinho flourish, coming up with spectacular goals against Southampton, Manchester City and Bolton Wanderers in the last month and he puts his recent good form down to Rodgers giving him a chance:
“Brendan is a great manager, his ideas are very good and since the beginning he trusted me to develop my work.” the Brazilian told the Express.
This is how he behaves with everybody. But whenever there is a more important match, he is open for a talk.
“He is always after improving his team, and consequently improving his players.” he added.