Brendan Rodgers was as enthralled as Liverpool supporters by Philippe Coutinho's enchanting display in the 4-0 friendly triumph over Borussia Dortmund.

Anfield was full of appreciation on Sunday as the Brazilian playmaker promoted his range of passing and skill against the German giants, who found it impossible to contain him.

Coutinho provided a fantastic flick for Daniel Sturridge's opening goal, before getting on the scoresheet himself with a fine finish for the Reds' third. He was also the brains in the build-up to Liverpool's breathtaking fourth, which was converted by Jordan Henderson.

The 22-year-old received a standing ovation from the capacity crowd when he was replaced, with Rodgers equally appreciative of Coutinho's creative archive.

"He's so gifted as a player," enthused the manager in his post-match press conference.

"He's just magical. His ability to get out of tight situations and his view of the game is incredible.

"And that's his best position - playing between the lines, he doesn't get marked. He drops to the back of midfield, he draws defenders out, and the weight of his passes is phenomenal.

"He was outstanding, and what he's added to his game is that relentless pressing. He's very strong under pressure on the ball, and puts pressure on the opposition when he's not on the ball."

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Rodgers is confident Coutinho will increase his catalogue of brilliance in the Champions League and on an international level.

"He's come into this country and league, and lit it up with his quality. It's now about doing that on the big stage - the Champions League, and he's got the chance to go and do that," added the Reds boss.

"I think that even at that level, he will show what great qualities he has. I really see him over the next four or five years, being a big force in world football, both for Brazil and Liverpool.

"He's an incredible operator, just magical to watch and he's the kind of player that supporters come to see. We're very glad to have him."

Coutinho's stellar show was complemented by the attacking genius of Raheem Sterling. The duo combined effectively and effortlessly, with Rodgers also saluting the England international.

"He's an incredible player, who can go on and be anything he wants to be," he said of Sterling.

"People look at his size, and they don't realise how strong he is. And the kind of pace he showed today against a team of that calibre was frightening really.

"The speed he has, the intelligent combinations and the fact he wants to run the other way too - he wants to defend. He's only 19, and still learning, but he's got a very bright future ahead of him."