Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard has hailed Philippe Coutinho as a magical player and believes he is key to the Reds winning silverware in the future.
The Brazil international signed a long-term contract with Liverpool this week ending speculation of moving to Barcelona.
And, speaking at the launch event this week for the Star Sixes tournament, to be held at the O2 Arena in London in July, Gerrard said of Coutinho: “I think for any team you have always got to try and keep your best players and Philippe has been instrumental over the last couple of years.
“He has grown and become a world-class talent.
“I have trained against him on a daily basis and played with him and he is a phenomenal footballer. He can do magical things with the ball.
“He is the type of player you want to build your team around. And if Liverpool are to be successful in the coming years then I am sure he will have a big part to play in it.
“He is a magical player.”