Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers has warned fans not to get carried away but has praised Philippe Coutinho for his display at Newcastle.
The £8.5m January signing from Inter Milan has had an excellent start to his Reds career and has already become a first-team regular but Rodgers is wary of building him up too quickly.
The Reds boss is determined that the 20-year-old Brazilian will not come under a greater burden of expectation in the future.
“We build up players in the country and put them on a pedestal and then quickly nail them down,” Rodgers told the club’s official website.
“He’s had an outstanding performance and people can see why we brought him in. He’s 20 years of age and fits the culture of what we’re trying to do here.
“He’s technically strong and he’s a very humble boy. He works hard, you can see the effort in his game, the pressure, the intensity, so he fits in really well, but there’s a long way to go.
“If you look at the stats you’ll see I haven’t eased him in gently. He’s played nearly every game.”
Coutinho was central to his side’s attacking threat at St James’ Park in the absence of Luis Suarez, setting up Daniel Sturridge for Liverpool’s third goal with a particularly impressive through-ball.
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