Philippe Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho can serve as a role model for Luis Alberto at Liverpool.

Luis Alberto says he's modelling his career on Philippe Coutinho as he believes the Brazilian can serve as a role model after making a huge impact a the club since his arrival in January.

Coutinho made the move to Merseyside six months before Alberto and has had a major impact on the side, providing some much needed creativity in the attacking third and helping Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge when injury hasn't hampered his ability to be selected.

And the 21 year old, who is the same age as Alberto, can serve as a role model for the former Barcelona B man who is still looking to break into the senior Liverpool line-up.

"I admire Philippe and we get on well on and off the pitch", he told the official Liverpool site. "He can be one of the people who are an example for me. I look at many people as an example.

"Not only Philippe, but various others have said I need to be patient and work well and it will happen.

"When it arrives, then I have to show that I am good enough for Liverpool."

Alberto was one of eight signings for Liverpool in the summer, for a fee of around £6.8m, with Brendan Rodgers keeping an eye on the future as well as players who can make an immediate impact.

While he is the same age as Coutinho the youngster hasn't had as much experience as the former Inter Milan man, having spent time away from Sevilla at the Barcelona reserve side before he was able to seal the move to Liverpool.

But experience with the Spain Under 21 side is now under his belt and Rodgers will be hoping that Alberto can show the spark that might see him be offered a chance for the senior national side as well as becoming a regular attacking option for Liverpool.