Quoted by The Mirror, Brazil icon Pele has named Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho as the player that he regularly keeps an eye out for in the Premier League.
The Brazilian playmaker has arguably been the Reds’ best player since Luis Suarez left for Barcelona almost two years, establishing himself as a real fan’s favourite at Anfield.
Although Pele admits that he does not get to watch as much English football as he would like to, the 75-year-old revealed that his compatriot is indeed one of the Brazilians whose progress he tries to follow.
“I travel so much, I don’t get the opportunity to watch too many Premier League matches,” the legendary striker is quoted as saying by The Mirror.
“But I watch some of the big games, the highlights and always the best goals. Coutinho is a player that I follow, along with many other Brazilians that play in the league.”
In terms of stats, the 23-year-old ace is enjoying his best season as a Liverpool player, netting 10 goals in all competitions and setting up another five.
He perhaps took a while longer than some of his team-mates to adapt to life under Brendan Rodgers’s successor Jurgen Klopp, but Coutinho has been one of their best players in recent months.
But Pele will surely also be interested in watching more of fellow Brazilian Roberto Firmino in the coming seasons, with the 24-year-old looking very promising indeed.