The Brazilian international is perhaps now the Anfield side’s most bankable asset and fans of the Merseyside outfit must fear that the 23-year-old could leave for pastures new, not least as Brendan Rodgers, who signed Coutinho from Inter Milan in January 2013, has now left the club.
The sale of Suarez in the summer of 2014, after Liverpool had narrowly missed out on a Premier League title triumph, has certainly set the club back and the signings made by Rodgers over the past 18 months haven’t helped matters.
“Gerrard is an icon, one of my personal football heroes,” Coutinho began.
“He is strongly missed by the fans and the players as well. But it’s a different time in the club’s life now and we have to adapt to it and we have to do our best.”
“It was difficult, obviously – the fact that we didn’t win the league [in 2014],” the Brazilian added. “There was the frustration at not having won the title and then unfortunately last year we didn’t start quite well, as well as expected, and we lost a few players.
“We lost Suarez. So it was tricky for Liverpool but we are trying to do our best and are working for moments like that, to reach that point again.
“And I think it’s possible. We are trying our best to get back, to qualify for the Champions League and whatever else there might be. We want to achieve great things here at Liverpool.” added Coutinho in quotes reported on Goal.com.