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Sturridge: Coutinho´s made my job easy

14 May 2013 10:25

Daniel Sturridge has hailed his Liverpool team-mate Philippe Coutinho as a "quality player".

The England international scored his first Premier League hat-trick in the 3-1 win over Fulham on Sunday, with Coutinho setting up his second before playing a terrific pass behind the Fulham defence for Sturridge to complete his treble.

And Sturridge has now paid tribute to the Brazilian.

"Coutinho is quality player," he told the club's official website.

"He's assisted me four or five times since he has been here. It's fantastic to be playing with a player of his calibre.

"He's a quality player and I can't praise him highly enough for what he has shown. It's very difficult to do what he has done in such a short space of time.

"I want to say thanks to him because he's made my job very easy and he's been very unselfish. He's put me in many times and it's fantastic to work with him."

Coutinho arrived at Anfield from Inter in January, and the 20-year-old has put in a string of impressive performances since making his full debut against Swansea City in February.

Sturridge has been equally impressive, scoring 11 league goals since his January move from Chelsea, and he believes that regular first-team action is helping them both to flourish.

"Coutinho is younger than me, so it's good to have somebody around that's hungry," the striker added.

"He's got a lot to prove, just like I have. We've both come from big clubs where we've not had an opportunity to play week-in week-out.

"So we're both hungry to show everybody what we can do."

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Competition
Premier League
Date
12 May 2013
Game week
37
Kick-off
16:00
Half-time
1 - 1
Full-time
1 - 3
Venue
Craven Cottage (London)
Attendance
25640

Goals

D. Berbatov 33'
(assist by S. Riether) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
36' D. Sturridge
 (assist by A. Wisdom)
1 - 2
1 - 3

Lineups

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
3
29
35
1
11
30
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