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Brendan Rodgers believes in Coutinho promise

“I’ve got high hopes for him. These are the types of players we’re trying to get in,” said the Anfield chief.

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LIVERPOOL MANAGER Brendan Rodgers has high hopes for Philippe Coutinho after his goalscoring performance in yesterday’s win over Swansea.

Coutinho, a January signing for the Reds, netted in the 46th minute as Liverpool ran out 5-0 winners over the south Wales outfit at Anfield.

And Rodgers believes the 20-year-old attacker can get even better as he adapts to life in the Premier League.

“He’s a real talented player, Coutinho. He’s only 20 but he’s had good experience playing at a big level,” Rodgers told reporters. “He’ll take a bit of time to adapt to the speed and the tempo, coming from Inter Milan his game is at a slower tempo.

“But he’s a wonderful technician and you can see with his involvement in the first goal the quality and the speed of his passing, and he’s got wonderful game knowledge as well.

“I’ve got high hopes for him. These are the types of players we’re trying to get in – the technicians that have got strong character and mentality – and I’m sure he’ll progress really well.”

Rodgers also underlined the importance of the win following a week in which the Reds suffered consecutive 2-0 defeats at the hands of West Bromwich Albion and Zenit St Petersburg.

“It was an important three points,” he said. “It’s been a bumpy road this week in terms of the games Monday and Thursday. The Premier League is very important for us and we knew that we had to focus and show commitment today against a Swansea team that’s been brilliant this season. For us it was a very important win, an outstanding performance and I think we really showed our character and mental toughness today to get a performance like that.”

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