Brendan Rodgers: Coutinho can be as good as Modric and Kroos

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has revealed he has informed Philippe Ciutinho that he can be as good as Luka Modric, and Toni Kroos, according to the Daily Express. 

Coutinho, aged 22, has impressed at Anfield, with the Brazilian securing new five-year deal at Anfield recently, as a reward for his performances. 

The Brazilian, who signed from Italian Serie A side Inter Milan in January 2013, set up both goals in last Saturday’s 2-0 win over West Ham United. 

And ahead of the Reds FA Cup replay away at Bolton Wanderers on Tuesday evening, his manager Brendan Rodgers, believes that he can be as good as Real Madrid pair, Luka Modric and Toni Kros. 

“If you look at that type of player he is, you look at Modric,” Rodgers said.

“He doesn’t have a big goalscoring record, but he is a world-class player, a continuity player.

“He can make passes and put the ball in behind and he gets the odd goal from outside the box. He is a top-class player who can create the game who is so important in opening up doors for the team.

“Toni Kroos is another of that type; a wonderful footballer and great passer.

“They maybe don’t get as many goals for what their technique is, but their role is to sit behind the ball and create goals for others.

“Their role is not to score 20 a season. Phil’s numbers will improve, but it is not the be all and end all if he doesn’t get 20 a season.” 

by Ben Reardon

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