Philippe Coutinho says he continues to watch footage of Brazilian stars the likes of Ronaldinho and Kaka, as he looks to try and improve his game.
The 22-year-old signed for the Reds two years ago, and has become a firm fans favourite in that time.
He was voted Liverpool’s player of the month for December, and looks to be improving constantly as the season progresses – good news for Brendan Rodgers who is attempting to guide the Reds to a top four finish and some silverware.
And the former Inter Milan has revealed he is continually studying footballing heroes in a bid to improve his game further.
“I’m a football fanatic,” he told Liverpool FC magazine. “I love everything about it, both playing and watching. During my spare time I try to watch as many games as possible.
“Or if I’m on the internet, I’ll be looking at videos of players such as Ronaldinho and studying the way he played. He is one of my heroes; Kaka too.
“I try to do all I can on the training pitch to get better every day. I’ll watch DVDs of games and try to see where I did something wrong or could have made a better choice.
“I speak to the coaching staff and the manager too. Or I’ll chat to my father or my wife about my game because advice from everyone can help.”
Coutinho has been instrumental in the Reds recent revival, and revealed he stayed positive during the difficult moments earlier in the season.
“I’m a positive person so that helps,” he said. “Sometimes in football you are trying your best but it doesn’t happen the way you want it to.
“To get through any bad spell in life or football you have to stick together and work hard. That is how you get to a better moment, so that’s how I approach it.
“I always approach games in a positive way because I believe it’s important if you want to be successful.”