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Rodgers keen to keep Coutinho grounded

SoccerNews in English Premier League 29 Apr 2013

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Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has warned against putting too much pressure on Philippe Coutinho, after his fine start to life at the club.

The playmaker signed at Anfield from Inter in January and has racked up five assists, as well as two goals, in his 10 games for the Merseyside club.

Coutinho laid on two of his side’s six goals at Newcastle at the weekend and Rodgers was delighted at the entire team’s performance, but warned against putting too much faith into the 20-year-old too soon into his time at the club.

He told the club’s official website: “We build up players in the country and put them on a pedestal and then quickly nail them down.

“He’s had an outstanding performance and people can see why we brought him in. He’s 20 years of age and fits the culture of what we’re trying to do here.

“He’s technically strong and he’s a very humble boy. He works hard, you can see the effort in his game, the pressure, the intensity, so he fits in really well, but there’s a long way to go.

“If you look at the stats you’ll see I haven’t eased him in gently. He’s played nearly every game.”

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