Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher believes that Philippe Coutinho can reach the heights that Luis Suarez did during his time at the club, speaking on Sky Sports.
Coutinho was played in a more advanced position in the Red’s 2-0 win over Newcastle last night. The established midfielder led the attack in a front three- which perhaps highlights Liverpool’s struggling efforts to find the goals that have gone missing since Suarez left for Barcelona last summer.
NEW GO-TO MAN
The Brazilian playmaker has been an important figure in Liverpool’s season and Carragher thinks he can go on to replace Suarez.
“The role he played tonight was the false nine we speak about a lot”, said Carragher on Sky Sport’s Monday Night Football.
“We expect him in a wide area, but we saw some of his touches tonight and his ability in small spaces against players, some of the pieces of play he produced tonight.
“Last season Luis Suarez was Liverpool's main man, the go-to man. But as this season has progressed, and for the future, Coutinho is Liverpool's.
“I don't think that false nine role will be his. Obviously Sturridge is out. But we've seen him behind the front, the main striker tonight, and he was outstanding.
“He's getting to that stage now where you put him up against Cazorla, Ozil, Mata, those type of players that play between the lines."
“We always throw goals and assists against them, and Coutinho has improved on that this season.” he added.
“He's now the man where every time the ball goes to him we think: 'Something is going to happen here'.
“When Liverpool were going for the title last year I still was not convinced he was a real top player, but he's getting really close now.
“He looks the best player every week.”
Coutinho signed a new five-year deal committing his future to Anfield last February- which could display an approach to play the Brazilian as the main man for years to come by Brendan Rodgers.
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