Liverpool FC manager backs Coutinho to have “Suarez effect”

Philippe Coutinho singled out for praise after Liverpool’s dramatic FA Cup win over Bolton

Liverpool FC manager backs Coutinho to have “Suarez effect”

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February 5th, 2015

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Liverpool are through to the fifth round of the FA Cup after coming from behind at the Reebok Stadium to claim a 2-1 win against Bolton Wanderers.

Eidur Gudjohnsen put the Championship side into the lead from the penalty spot although Neil Danns being sent off saw the Lancashire side struggling to stop the tides of red sweeping towards their goal.

Raheem Sterling finally restored parity before Philippe Coutinho’s wonder-strike sealed victory and Brendan Rodgers was delighted with the contribution of the Brazilian.

Indeed, the manager feels that the midfielder can have a similar impact to Luis Suarez at Anfield, with Coutinho having recently signed a new contract with the Merseyside outfit.

He said: “You would just pay money to watch that kid. He will become world class in the next couple of years. Luis Suárez was at a level, then he played in this team and grew and grew with the model – and went into the world-class bracket. I can see Coutinho falling in the same sort of way. He might not be as prolific as Suárez was but he is certainly on the way to that at Liverpool. He is a wonderful player. Signing a new deal shows he is really committed to Liverpool and his development.

“It is a great thing [to go there],” he said. “We didn’t play anywhere near the level [in November] but that was the lowest moment of the season in terms of performance levels. We go back there in a different frame of mind and with big confidence.

“We’ve got a great habit at the minute, which is winning games. You can’t question the character. They have shown a real strong mentality in my time here. We needed to arrest the momentum which was going the other way after the Palace game. We did that with seven points out of nine.”

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