English Premiership

Coutinho can be EPL's best - Neymar

2015-02-06 14:05
Philippe Coutinho (Getty Images)

London - Brazil captain Neymar has tipped Liverpool forward Philippe Coutinho to become the biggest star in England after some eye-catching displays in the Premier League.

The fleet-footed Coutinho has played an important part in Liverpool's resurgence in recent weeks, with the Brazilian adding greater consistency to his burgeoning bag of tricks.

Barcelona forward Neymar played alongside Coutinho as they came up through the youth ranks of Brazilian football and is a big admirer.

"He can be the star player in England. This season I think everybody in England is seeing how talented he is -- and I know he has a lot more to show," Neymar was quoted as saying on the Liverpool website (www.liverpoolfc.com).

"When he has the ball at his feet, he can make things happen for himself and he can make things happen for other players. He is a very special player."

Although few have doubted Coutinho's talent, his ability to regularly influence games was often called into question.

He now seems to be a more consistent threat, however, and scored a superb winner to help Liverpool beat second tier Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup on Wednesday while creating both goals in their 2-0 win over West Ham United last weekend.

"He will play a big part in the future of the national team," Neymar added.

"The national steam is very strong, but the way he is playing for Liverpool, I'm sure he will be a big part of Brazil going forward."

Liverpool visit local rivals Everton on Saturday with kick-off set for 19:30.

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