England international Jordan Henderson has declared that his Liverpool teammate Philippe Coutinho can be as good as five-time Ballon D’Or winner Lionel Messi.
The Reds captain watched last weekend as the Brazilian put in a virtuoso display in the 4-3 away win against Arsenal, notching up two goals before being substituted with a minor injury.
Henderson no believes that the former Inter Milan schoolboy midfielder is not far from being considered alongside the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Luis Suarez.
“Messi, Ronaldo and Suarez – they are seen as the elite players in world football. Philippe has certainly got the talent, the work ethic and the hunger to get into that bracket,” he told the Liverpool Echo.
“He’s a fantastic player for us. I’ve seen him develop as a player during his time at Liverpool and he’s still only 24. If he continues to work as hard as he does and continues to develop like he has done then I’m sure he will be in that bracket before long. He’s still very young.
“Hopefully it won’t be long before people do regard him alongside the Messi’s of this world. We have to try to keep him fit and keep him playing like that because he was brilliant against Arsenal.”
Liverpool will play newly promoted Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday.