Coutinho worth big money – Rodgers

The midfielder capped a marvellous performance against Manchester City on Sunday with a sensational winning goal, leading his manager to sing his praises

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers says that Philippe Coutinho is now worth a “frightening amount of money” after his sensational winner in the 2-1 win over Manchester City.

The Brazilian has been in superb form in 2015 and ran the show on Sunday as the Reds moved up to fifth in the Premier League with a 2-1 victory against the defending champions.

His thunderous second-half finish confirmed the home side’s dominance at Anfield, leading Rodgers to suggest his market value has increased significantly in recent months.

“Coutinho is a joy to watch,” the Reds boss told reporters of the 22-year-old. “He’s a kid who has so much ahead of him in the game. He’s a sensational footballer.

“He is very selfless and very humble, always creates for others. He has wonderful body movement around the edge of the box.

“He’s a star in the Premier League but there are improvements he can make. He’s a young player, playing at club that adores him.

“We bought him in for €11.7 million [in January 2013] … it’s frightening to think what he’d be worth now.”

Rodgers was delighted with the game as a whole, declaring: “It was a brilliant result and a brilliant performance. The players were relentless.”

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