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Henderson hails Coutinho impact

1 April 2013 12:40

Jordan Henderson praised January signing Philippe Coutinho after the Brazilian set up Liverpool's equaliser in a 2-1 win over Aston Villa.

Coutinho threaded a superb pass through to allow Henderson to cancel out Christian Benteke's opener before Steven Gerrard converted a penalty to seal the points at Villa Park on Sunday.

The 6.5-million pound January signing from Inter Milan is only 20 but has quickly become a fixture in Brendan Rodgers' starting line-up.

"It was a great start to the second half for us and it was a great ball from Philippe, and thankfully I managed to slot it in, so I'm over the moon," Henderson told the club's official website.

"It was all about the ball from Philippe which was outstanding and I thank him for that one.

"Philippe is brilliant and I think everyone can see that. He's a real talent and he's young as well. He has been outstanding since he came into the team and hopefully he can keep that going."

Benteke put struggling Villa ahead in the first half but the visitors turned the game on its head after the break to earn the victory.

"We were really pleased with our second-half performance," Henderson said.

"I thought we came out and played some good stuff, defended very well, so overall we are delighted with the three points.

"The manager told us at half-time to up our game a little bit more. We were doing okay and probably were the better team in the first half, just, but in the second we took that on board, got forward more and got the two goals.

"(Luis) Suarez did brilliantly to win the penalty for us and we all know Stevie is brilliant at penalties."

In addition to hitting the target himself, Gerrard preserved Liverpool's lead by brilliantly heading a Benteke effort off the line.

"It was unbelievable," Henderson said.

"Stevie was outstanding again for us and he's been doing that for many years now so it's not a surprise to anyone."

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