Liverpool’s bright future: Brendan Rodgers hails rise of Reds trio

first_imgPhilippe Coutinho, Raheem Sterling, and Emre Can have all been in impressive form for Liverpool in recent weeks, and Brendan Rodgers had words of praise for the young trio when he joined the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast on Thursday morning.Here’s what he had to say…On Coutinho:“People forget he is still only 22. Every manager that we play against always talks about him. He is tough, he has got wonderful humility, and his technique is there for all to see. If he can add goals to his repertoire then he can go on and become a world class talent. When I came in here two-and-a-half years ago, Luis Suarez was an outstanding player and the over the period of time with his goals and performances he left here as world class player. Young Phil won’t score the goals that Luis did, he is in a different position, but he has still got that quality that can put him into any team. He loves it here at Liverpool, he loves the supporters, they adore him, and I think his best years are ahead of him at Liverpool.”On Sterling:“Raheem is a kid that we hopefully can have at Liverpool for many, many years. He sprung into the team at 17 years of age and his rise has been incredible really. The pressure at a club like Liverpool, where the demands are on you every single day, sometimes a little recovery and rest is important for you mentally and I gave that to him over Christmas. He is very robust. He never doesn’t want to play, he always wants to play, and you have just got to manage that.”On Can:“He is a wonderful player. I went to see him in Germany last year, he had just turned 21, and I was watching him as a central midfield player, but every time I watched him he never played there. He played at centre-half, he played at full-back – the only two positions he never played were in goal and as a striker! He is a big talent. He has got wonderful ability. This is a club that is synonymous with players that have the courage to play football… He is a kid that wants to play.”last_img

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