Carragher heaps praise on Coutinho

Former Liverpool stalwart Jamie Carragher feels midfielder Philippe Coutinho is "good enough for any team", amidst rumours of an impending transfer bid from Real Madrid.

The 24-year-old has made a strong start to the 2016/16 Premier League campaign, bagging four goals and providing two assists to help the Merseysiders emerge as one of the early contender for the league title.

The Brazil international's form has most certainly not gone unnoticed, with Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid said to be tracking the progress of the player.

And Carragher admits that such is Coutinho's ability an early-season form, it is no longer a surprise to hear him being linked with some of Europe's top clubs.

In his column for the Daily Mail, Carragher wrote: "There used to be a time when I would roll my eyes. Philippe Coutinho's name would be mentioned alongside a team such as Real Madrid but I never took it seriously.

"Coutinho at the [Santiago] Bernabeu one day? You could see in training the quiet lad Liverpool signed from Inter Milan in January 2013 was skilful and had ability but I wasn't sure what I saw at Melwood would translate to the biggest stage, given some of the things he did in those early matches.

"Now look at him. Coutinho has become one of the stars of the Premier League, the driving force behind Liverpool's impressive early form and the key to them sustaining what could yet become a challenge for the title. I'm not rolling my eyes any longer.

"He is playing at such a level that you could put him in the No 10 position of any of Liverpool's rivals – Manchester City, Arsenal, Tottenham, Chelsea, Manchester United – and he would fit in seamlessly and enhance their quality."