Philippe Coutinho
John Aldridge was delighted for Philippe Coutinho after the Brazilian dazzled in Liverpool’s victory over SouthamptonGetty

Former Liverpool striker John Aldridge was delighted with Philippe Coutinho's performance during the Reds' 2-0 win over Southampton on Sunday.

The Brazilian international has rediscovered his form in recent months after a slight blip at the start of the season. He is also one of the key players for manager Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool chase a place in the top four.

After initial problems, the Merseyside club found their rhythm and have built up steam as the final stretch of the season approaches. They are currently on a 10-match unbeaten run in the Premier League and the manager will hope that they can continue the same form until the end of the season.

Aldridge believes Coutinho can become a Brazilian great if the midfielder continues to pull the strings for Liverpool, but despite praising him for his goal against the Saints, the former striker feels that the midfielder needs to contribute more goals from inside the box.

"I'm absolutely over the moon with the win and the goal from Philippe Coutinho was 'a worldie'," Aldridge said, as quoted by the Liverpool ECHO.

"I was actually in the pub watching it and as soon as he looked to shoot I was saying 'No' but I soon changed my mind!"

"He's been threatening that for a while and got a great goal away at Bolton in the FA Cup as well, though he knows he needs to get on the end of more things in the box as well," the former Real Sociedad forward explained.

"He can go on to become a Brazilian great, we know he's got the ability and I'm delighted for him," Aldridge added.

However, the Republic of Ireland international was not happy with Liverpool's performance and insists that it was some of the worst football he has seen them play this season.

"Liverpool's win against Southampton at St Mary's was massive but I have to say it was probably some of the of worst stuff we've played this season."

"We didn't keep possession and were giving the ball away far too easily but for once we got some 50/50 decisions go our way when it came to the penalties," Aldridge concluded.