Rodgers: Coutinho improving in Liverpool system

The former Inter midfielder registered two assists against West Ham and his manager believes the Reds’ 3-4-3 formation is bringing the best out of the Brazilian


Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers singled out Philippe Coutinho for praise after the midfielder produced another impressive display in Saturday’s win over West Ham.

Brazilian playmaker Coutinho showed great vision to set up goals for Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge in a 2-0 Premier League triumph at Anfield.

While Liverpool have failed to hit the heights of last season in this campaign, Coutinho has been a standout performer and his contribution has not gone unnoticed by Rodgers.

He told the club’s official website: “He has been at a really top level of performance over the last couple of months.

“His pass for the first goal was sublime; he was half looking the other way and lifts it over the defender. He has got a lovely weight of pass.

“He needs players to run beyond and that was our problem at the beginning of the season, we had no penetration. We have moved it and put Raheem through the middle, and for guys like Phil it has a knock-on effect – he can then play passes through.

“Offensively we were very good, but very compact and defensively solid against a good side.”

The win saw Liverpool move above West Ham into seventh, four points off the top four.

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