The Brazilian reveals the departure of the duo left a hole the club have struggled to plug since, but is still optimistic they can get back to winning ways
Philippe Coutinho believes the departures of Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez have hurt Liverpool as they struggle to mount a title challenge this season.
Reds’ icon Gerrard decided to leave Anfield at the end of last season to continue his career at LA Galaxy while Suarez departed for Barcelona a year earlier.
And Coutinho, who joined Liverpool in January 2013 and came close to winning the Premier League title in his second season at the club, has admitted the duo are sorely missed as the club aim to end their wait for silverware .
“Gerrard is an icon, one of my personal football heroes,” Coutinho told The Telegraph.
“He is strongly missed by the fans and the players as well. But it’s a different time in the club’s life now and we have to adapt to it and we have to do our best.”
“It was difficult, obviously – the fact that we didn’t win the league [in 2014],” the Brazilian added. “There was the frustration at not having won the title and then unfortunately last year we didn’t start quite well, as well as expected, and we lost a few players.
“We lost Suarez. So it was tricky for Liverpool but we are trying to do our best and are working for moments like that, to reach that point again.
“And I think it’s possible. We are trying our best to get back, to qualify for the Champions League and whatever else there might be. We want to achieve great things here at Liverpool.”
One of Liverpool’s most-prized asesets, Coutinho had declared his immediate future was at Anfield amidst rumours he could follow Suarez to Barcelona.