By Harvey Byrne

Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson believes that Philippe Coutinho can join the elite in world football.

The playmaker guided Jurgen Klopp’s side to a stunning victory in the opening weekend of Premier League fixtures with an inch perfect free-kick goal, followed by a classy flicked finish for his second.

Coutinho recently reached the top of Sky Sports’ power rankings in the Premier League and has become one of England’s most feared forward-thinking players.

“Messi, Ronaldo and Suarez – they are seen as the elite players in world football,” said Henderson to the Liverpool Echo.

“Philippe has certainly got the talent, the work ethic and the hunger to get into that bracket.

“He’s a fantastic player for us. I’ve seen him develop as a player during his time at Liverpool and he’s still only 24.

“If he continues to work as hard as he does and continues to develop like he has done then I’m sure he will be in that bracket before long. He’s still very young.

“Hopefully it won’t be long before people do regard him alongside the Messis of this world. We have to try to keep him fit and keep him playing like that because he was brilliant against Arsenal.”

Former Liverpool forward Emile Heskey has also told Coutinho that he has what it takes to reach the same level as Messi and Ronaldo.

Coutinho joined Anfield in 2013 from Inter Milan and has made 146 appearances for the club.

He was named Liverpool’s Player of the Year last season and will look to improve upon the 12 goals and seven assists he provided last term.

The 24-year-old will now be hoping to carry on his good work as his side prepares to travel to Turf Moor in four days time to face Burley.

In other Liverpool team news, Stan Collymore believes that Jurgen Klopp will be “unhappy” with Liverpool’s display against Arsenal.