Liverpool midfielder Philippe Countinho has been likened to Brazilian superstar Ronaldinho by Tottenham's Sandro, who has identified his compatriot as a key threat ahead of the weekend encounter between the two Champions League hopefuls.
Spurs host the Reds on Sunday as both clubs vie to cement a place in the Premier League's coveted top four places. Three points for the home side could propel them into fourth place, while Liverpool can reinforce their position in second with a victory.
Liverpool arrive in north London off the back of two convincing victories over Norwich and West Ham, and are fast establishing themselves as the league's entertainers after a number of free-flowing thrashings.
Luis Suarez has drawn the majority of the praise given his irrepressible goalscoring form - 15 in Liverpool's 10 appearances - but it is Coutinho who has stood out for Sandro.
The 21-year-old Brazilian has performed to distinction since his arrival at Anfield in January, and Sandro will be wary of his international teammate when Spurs meet Brendan Rodgers' side.
So good is Coutinho, says Sandro, that the former Inter Milan starlet has something of the Ronaldinhos about him.
"With the ball, Coutinho’s passes are like Ronaldinho’s. His passes are good, man. He doesn’t move a lot. But his passing! You think he is going to pass here and he passes there instead," Sandro told The Mirror.
"He does the same as Ronaldinho. You think he’s going to do one thing, and he does something completely different. He changes. Ronaldinho was the best player, but I think their style is similar. I’m happy for him. He is young but he starts good at Liverpool. It is difficult to do that at Liverpool."
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