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 By PA Sport

Philippe Coutinho hails Jurgen Klopp's work, admits Brendan Rodgers debt

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho believes Jurgen Klopp is making him a better player but admits he has a soft spot for former manager Brendan Rodgers.

Coutinho, 23, hit a purple patch earlier in the season with four goals in three matches, including one in the 4-1 thrashing of Sunday's Capital One Cup final opponents Manchester City. He is on track to beat the eight goals he got last season, which was his best-ever tally for the Reds, with six so far to his name.

The Brazil international believes he has already progressed under Klopp, who took over from Rodgers in October, and says the Liverpool team are also improving.

"It feels like we are moving in the right direction under him and we believe we can fight for the big prizes and enjoy some special moments with the fans," Coutinho told World Soccer magazine.

Philippe Coutinho has hit six goals so far this season.

"In training, we are working hard and enjoying his methods, which are helping to make us better players. Klopp has put his ideas forward and they are helping to make me an even better player."

While Coutinho is enjoying working under Klopp, he says he will always be grateful to Rodgers, who brought him to Anfield from Inter Milan in 2013.

"I have been lucky to work under some fine managers already in my career and they have each added an element to my game," he said.

"The likes of [Rafael] Benitez, [Mauricio] Pochettino and Dunga are great coaches, but I will always have a special gratitude to Brendan.

"He believed in me and brought me here. He gave me the opportunity to play for such a great club."

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