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Liverpool midfielder praised by Brazil legend Pele

Pele has been impressed by compatriot Philippe Coutinho and is looking forward to seeing the Liverpool man in action against Manchester United.

Coutinho has been phenomenal for Liverpool this term. Credit: Reuters

The talented 22-year-old was seen as a bit of a gamble when the Reds forked out £8.5million to bring him over from Inter Milan.

That deal now looks like a bargain, though, as Coutinho has been one of the stars of the Premier League season.

Such form has seen the midfielder work his way back into the Brazil set-up and led to praise from Pele, who will be at Liverpool's derby encounter with United on Sunday.

Oh yes (I like Coutinho) - no doubt, no doubt. He is an excellent player and intelligent, but we have a lot of individuals in Brazil. Unfortunately we cannot play with all the players we have.

– Brazilian legend Pele speaking to Press Association