Coutinho inspired by Suarez and Gerrard

Premier League: Southampton v Liverpool

Coutinho inspired by Suarez and Gerrard

In the short time since he joined from Inter Milan in January the Brazil international has had chance to assess his new team-mates and believes they are “out of this world”.

“Suarez is phenomenal — he is other-worldly,” said the £8.5m signing. “The goals he scores, the way he gives himself to the team... it is very important and I am very happy to be able to play next to him.

“I think it’s the way he gives himself to the team. He doesn’t let one ball go — even if it’s the hardest one. He fights all the time to win and I admire that in a player. I think it is one of his strong points. I’m not only happy to play next to him, but also other players like Steven, who is phenomenal too. These are guys from another world!”

The 20-year-old has hit the gym in order to be able to cope with the physicality of the Premier League but has already made an impact, scoring once and providing two assists in 202 minutes of football.

While the Brazilian hopes to get up to full speed as soon as possible, manager Brendan Rodgers is likely to cut him some slack after admitting his team-mates took a while to fully grasp the concepts he is instilling at Anfield. The Reds boss, however, praised their courage for committing to the plan without question when he arrived in the summer.

That commitment and belief in the system is now starting to pay dividends as the side recorded a third successive league victory for the first time since May 2011 with last Sunday’s win over Tottenham.

Liverpool head to struggling Southampton looking to maintain their winning run and try to close the seven-point gap on the top four but Rodgers stressed they were focused only on the next match.

“We can’t get too far ahead of ourselves,” he added.

Meanwhile, Southampton have been fined £20,000 by the Football Association after admitting a charge of failing to control their players during last weekend’s match at Norwich.

Saints were charged on Tuesday for the unsavoury scenes that followed referee Mark Clattenburg’s decision to award a penalty for a Luke Shaw foul on Grant Holt.

Artur Boruc kept out Holt’s subsequent spot-kick but Saints’ players continued to protest after the 0-0 draw and were joined on the pitch by manager Mauricio Pochettino.

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