Brazilian attacker Kaka has backed Coutinho to fill the void left by Steven Gerrard.
The 23-year-old scored a stunning goal against Stoke on the opening day of the Premier League season to add to his burgeoning reputation at Anfield.
And Kaka believes Coutinho has the character and the ability to step up in place of the Reds legend and become a key component of the midfield.
“I have been a big admirer of Coutinho and he can be a very important player for Liverpool and Brazil,” he told reporters.
“There will be a lot of expectation on him with Liverpool fighting to get back into the Champions League, but I know that he can handle it.
“One great player doesn’t make a team, but you can build a team around one great player, and I believe he can be that player.
“Coutinho is a humble guy. He won’t talk about being able to replace a legend like Steven Gerrard, and the truth is nobody could ever replace him, but with Gerrard gone they do need somebody to step up – and he can do that.”