Sterling can star in the Champions League, says Coutinho

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho believes that teammate Raheem Sterling can catch the eye in the Champions League as the Reds return to playing in Europe’s premier competition, reports the Liverpool Echo.

Bulgarian champions Ludogorets Razgrad visit Anfield on Tuesday evening as Liverpool play their first Champions League match since they lost 2-1 at home to Fiorentina in 2009. As a result, a number of the current side has not yet been able to play in the tournament, including Sterling.

The 19-year-old has established himself as a key member of the first-team for both Liverpool and England during 2014, having become a regular starter under Brendan Rodgers and national team boss Roy Hodgson.

And Coutinho believes that Sterling can now thrive on the European stage. He said: “Raheem Sterling will be one of the stars of Europe. He is having a very good time and is in very good shape. I believe he will do quite well in the Champions League. I am not surprised at all by his performances for England last week.

“We are training together every day and I know his potential. He has the potential to perform like that for Liverpool and the national team. I am confident this will be a very good season for Raheem for both Liverpool and England.’

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