By FOX SPORTS staff
The former Inter Milan man has started just five games for Liverpool since his summer move, but has already notched up two goals and as many assists.
Aldridge declared in his column for the Liverpool Echo that Coutinho would only get better from here.
"It's early in his Liverpool career, but what a talent Philippe Coutinho looks, make no mistake, we have signed a player here. His contribution at Villa Park was decisive, and thrilling. It's easy to get carried away when a new player comes into a team. We've seen players sparkle and fade at Anfield in the past of course, but this lad looks the real deal," he pointed out.
"He still has a bit of work to do on his physique and his stamina, and pre-season will be important in his development, but in terms of his work on the ball he's a genius. He's the kind of player Liverpool have been in desperate need of for many a year. Early days, yes, but what promising signs."
The 54-year old also took the time to praise the rapidly improving Jordan Henderson, a player he believed was only just beginning to show his true capabilities.
"He's improving every time he pulls on a red shirt, and I do think he's becoming a very important player for this team. It speaks volumes that supporters are more disappointed when he is not in the team these days then when he is. His energy is great, his work-rate and his willingness to play for the team is first class. Henderson looks like a player who loves playing football, loves playing for Liverpool," Aldridge wrote.
"The passion was written all over his face when he scored at Villa. The key was always unlocking his confidence. Now he has done that - and give Brendan Rodgers some credit for that, too - he uses the ball better, he wins it better and has started to add goals to his game. He's a valuable member of this team now, and one who I believe should be starting more games than not."
Liverpool welcome West Ham to Anfield for their Premier League encounter this weekend.