Liverpool boss hails impact of Coutinho & Sturridge

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers believes newest acquisition Philippe Coutinho will be a huge success at Anfield.

The Northern Irishman has been impressed with the 20-year-old since arriving on Merseyside and feels his technical ability in conjuncture with his robustness will serve him well in the Premier League.

The Brazilian playmaker has featured six times for the Reds since his January move from Inter Milan and has netted two goals in that time.

The youngster was previously linked with a move to Aston Villa, but eventually ended at Liverpool, and despite the Brazil international's slight frame Rodgers feels he is capable of succeeding in the most physical league in the world.

When asked about whether the notion of doubts over players with a slight frame is a thing of the past, Rodgers told Yahoo! in a press release sent to GiveMeFootball: "Very much so, although there is no doubt that the Barclay's Premier League is probably the most physical league in the world and that can catch players out.

"He might be slight in stature but he's still got real power and mental strength too, plus he's a wonderful technician. I don't think that there is any question that he can cope with the physical demands. He's a Brazilian boy so as well as all the technique, skill and flair; you also find that they are tough.

"There haven't been too many Brazilians that have come into this country and have not succeeded. They tend to be robust and when you mix that will their technical and tactical qualities, i think that a player like Philippe will be a great addition for us."

The Liverpool manager has also acknowledged the impact of Daniel Sturridge since leaving Chelsea for the north-west.

"I've known Daniel for a long time, since his early teens, so I've been able to follow his progress closely," he added.

"There had been talk for some time about Daniel coming to the club but we needed to be sure that he going to the right fit for what we required.

"He has settled in very well, but he still has lots of aspects of his game to work on in order to achieve what he want to and to allow him to make the kind of impact that we want.

"He has made a very promising start and as long as he maintains that same level of commitment and responsible attitude to improving, I can see him being a great signing for the club."

Coutinho and Sturridge are both likely to feature once again for the Reds this weekend, when Liverpool welcome West Ham United to Anfield in the Premier League.

Rodgers knows his side need a victory, and a good run to the end of the season, to have any chance of reaching Europe next season.


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