Coutinho: It is an honour to play with Suarez

The Brazilian believes his in-form team-mate is capable of firing Liverpool to their first league title of the Premier League era and still hopes to go to the World Cup

Liverpool star Coutinho admits it is an “honour” to be in the same team as Luis Suarez.

Suarez has lit up the Premier League since his return from a 10-game suspension for biting Branislav Ivanovic, topping the Premier League scoring charts with 15 goals in just 10 appearances.

And Coutinho believes the brilliant Uruguayan is capable of firing the Merseysiders to their first league title of the Premier League era.

“Playing alongside Luis is an honour because he is such a fantastic player,” he told the Guardian. “He makes life for someone in my position easier because of how good he is.

“He is always trying to nutmeg you in training. He hasn’t succeeded on me yet. I try my best not to let it happen because he talks about it a lot afterwards!”

“It is our dream to win the title. That is what we are working towards but the competition is still at an early stage. There are a few more games to play before we can make such a statement.”

The Brazilian also spoke of his hope of impressing national team boss Luiz Felipe Scolari before next summer’s World Cup in his homeland, despite not currently being in favour.

“I see football as a bit like a stairway and you have to climb it bit by bit,” he added.

“First you have to play good football so that you get to play for a good team. Then hopefully you achieve such a level that you are invited to play for your national side, in time for a World Cup, if possible.

“Then, obviously, play a good World Cup. That’s my dream.”

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