Former Brazil international Lucio believes Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho can become the best player in the world.
Speaking to Sky Sports, the World Cup winner has lavished praised on his compatriot, claiming that the dynamic midfielder has the attributes to go from strength-to-strength at Anfield.
After securing the club's Player of the Year award for last season, Coutinho has failed to prove himself on a consistent basis recently.
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The versatile playmaker has produced a number of world-class performances for Liverpool, but is by no means the finished article in pursuit of becoming a top player.
Lucio, though, certainly has a great deal of belief in the 23-year-old. Speaking to Sky Sports, the FC Goa veteran stated: "I am very happy that he is having success at Liverpool.There is potential to be the best player in the world, of that there is no doubt. But it will depend on what happens around him. He is only going to get better.
"When he was at Inter, he wasn't playing and we got closer, and lived nearby to each other.
"My family got to know his family, and gave all our support, and we helped him achieve what he has with that support. Everything that he is doing now is down to his marriage and family. His attitude is perfect."
Lucio has also commented on Barcelona's reported interest in the midfielder, insisting that the player will have to make a personal decision over his future.
"I think that is a personal decision for him,” he said. “But Barcelona have a lot of great players, and that can put a shade on his play.
"Liverpool is the right place for him to become the best. He has his space, and can play where he wants."
A long way to go
Let's not get ahead of ourselves; Coutinho is by no means the finished article and must improve on certain aspects of his game over the coming months and years.
Consistency is obviously key. It's never easy producing the goods week in, week out, but if the player wants to be recognised as one of the leading players in world football, then he must perform above the required standard more often than not.
With five goals and three assists in 12 league games, the Brazilian has started the season brightly, but must now become Liverpool's talisman.
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