Steven Gerrard and Jose Enrique have heaped praise on Liverpool January signing Philippe Coutinho, with the duo insisting the Brazilian youngster will become an integral part of the squad as he continues to develop.

Coutinho made the move to the Reds at the end of the winter transfer window, and the midfielder capped off a successful month of business for Brendan Rodgers that also saw Daniel Sturridge head to the club.

And Gerrard believes that the 20 year old will be even better next season when he's had time to settle in to life at Liverpool and playing in the Premier League, after coming from Italy.

"He's got moments of magical brilliance," Gerrard said, according to the Mail.

Philippe Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho has done a brilliant job for Liverpool so far, according to Steven Gerrard and Jose Enrique.

"I think you'll see the best of him next season when he gets a full pre-season under his belt and gets used to the speed of the game.

"What he has shown for 55 or 60 minutes is that he's a top player and he belongs in a Liverpool shirt.

"If we can get that for 90 minutes from him next season then he's going to be a great asset for us."

Enrique is also in awe of just how well the starlet has been performing since making his debut for Liverpool against West Brom in February.

"The numbers speak for themselves: in four games he has two assists and one goal so I hope he will continue like this scoring goal and making assists," he explained.

"He is the type of a player, as a big team, you have to have.

"He can create from nothing in a one versus one. He is playing really well right now and he is the type of player we need.

"Defenders are important but you need people who can score goals and we have now."