Enrique impressed by game-changer Coutinho

Liverpool defender Jose Enrique was full of praise for January arrival Phillipe Coutinho and highlighted the youngster's ability to conjure game-wiunning moments.

Football News: Philippe Coutinho, Liverpool

By FOX Sports Staff

Coutinho has made a positive impact at Liverpool since arriving at the club in the January transfer window having scored twice and created two more assists in five appearances so far.

Enrique, who combined with Coutinho to devastating effect on the left flank to set up Luis Suarez's goal against Tottenham, hailed the 20-year-old's ability to conjure moments out of nothing.

"All top teams have to have a good goalkeeper, good defenders and a good midfield," Enrique told Liverpool's official website.

"These things are important, but the players who make the difference are the ones who play up front.

"That is why they are the most sought-after in the world; the strikers, the wingers.

"Coutinho is one of these players who, from nothing, can make an assist or create a goal. He's like Luis Suarez - from nothing, and sometimes up against two players, he can create something.

"You need these players in your team because in games when you are not playing well, they can produce something and change the game completely. Coutinho can do this."

Coutinho joins a growing South American contingent at Liverpool, which includes Suarez, Lucas Leiva and Sebastian Coates, and Enrique admits that he gets along well with them.

"The South American players are very technical on the ball," said Enrique. "Also, they all speak Spanish which is good for me, so I understand them really well.

"The way South American and Spanish players think about football is really similar. We are similar people.

"We really like to have the ball and we try to keep it."



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