Frank Lampard: Philippe Coutinho on different level to Liverpool team-mates

Philippe Coutinho is a regular for Liverpool again having been blocked from joining Barcelona during the summer

Benitez remains a popular figure at Anfield, having guided Liverpool to the Champions League title with a remarkable victory over AC Milan in 2005, a night remembered fondly at a club who have won just two trophies since then.

'It wasn't really the result we wanted, but we have to keep working and there are more games, another four games to come, ' he added.

The Reds' star man has been an instrumental player for the club in the past few seasons and a stand-out performer in one of the Premier League's most menacing attacking trios.

There were two thoughts in your head.

Philippe Coutinho has since returned to Liverpool's starting line-up, impressing in their 1-1 draw against Spartak Moscow in the Champions League earlier this week.

The 25-year-old Brazlian, who missed Liverpool's first six matches this season really wanted to make the move while on the other side his teammates were urging him to stay.

"The hard part is to sustain the success with all the top sides you have to come up against, and at the moment the way everyone's spending it means it isn't easy".

"He was the hub for a lot of the great chances that Liverpool created".

Benitez welcomes his former team to St. James Park on Sunday afternoon and he is aware of the threat Coutinho poses to his side, "I understand some players, they are thinking about going because they have big offers, but Coutinho is in a very good team, a very strong club".

"You never know what will happen in the future".

"I'm here to defend the colours [of Liverpool], to give my maximum". "We're so happy that he stayed".

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