Liverpool boss Rodgers: Coutinho introduction must be gradual

Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers says they must be careful with the introduction of new signing Philippe Coutinho.

Coutinho is likely to be introduced gradually having had a recent injury at Inter.

"He's a young player I've got very high hopes for but Daniel was ready to come in and play - we'll see how young Philippe goes," said Rodgers.

"He was with the medical team with Milan and he has come here and we have assessed where he is in terms of his fitness.

"He trained with the group on Friday and we'll observe him and see where he's at but competition for places is what we want, that was the whole idea of bringing him in.

"He's a top young player with big experiences and bringing him into the group adds that competition.

"There's no doubt that the team who have been involved in the last couple of games have been exceptional but it's very important that we've got players in the side who are fighting to get into the team.

"The key for us has always been to build a competitive squad that would enable us to challenge.

"That will keep us going and allowing us to develop."

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