Liverpool FC have confirmed the signing of the Brazilian Midfielder Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan on a long term contract, the fee is thought to be around 9.7 Million Euro’s. Coutinho will wear the vacant number 10 shirt
The 20-year-old is the 2nd signing in the January 2013 transfer window after Liverpool signed Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea at the beginning of January.
In a statement to LiverpoolFC.com, Coutinho said: “I’m feeling very happy, it’s a very important step in my career and I’m expecting to come here and play good football to give my contribution on the pitch.
“Liverpool is a great club with great players. We’ve always heard about Liverpool’s history in Brazil. They are the club that have been interested in me and that have showed this interest so I know they believe in me and my football.”
“I’m a player who likes to make moves and to play along with the attack, passing as well as scoring. I like dribbling and playing near to the box – that is a strength I have.”
“I’d like to thank all fans that have sent me messages on Twitter. I’m coming here very keen to help the club with my moves and scoring goals to put Liverpool at the top. I just want to say thanks. I’m happy to be signing with a great club and I hope I can give them my contribution.”
Coutinho began his career at Vasco da Gama and moved to Inter Milan in 2010 – He has also played in the Spanish Primera Division during a loan period at Espanyol.
Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre said: “We’re always delighted when we get the players we go after.
“It has been a successful transfer window for us, coming off the back of acquiring Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea and now Philippe from Inter Milan.
“I think that bodes well for us for the rest of the season and the future.”
Philippe Coutinho is now the 5th Brazilian national to play for Liverpool after Fabio Aurelio, Diego Cavalieri, Doni and Lucas Leiva – he has been capped by Brazil once.
We have also created a statistical player profile of Coutinho along with a comparison between Coutinho, Sterling and Suarez.
EPL Index Opinion
Coutinho has the potential to be a world class talent, this could prove to be a very good investment by Liverpool FC who are heavily targeting young players who have the potential to grow and contribute to the team for many years to come. The policy of the 2nd Dalglish era to sign only British players has not proved a massive success, Liverpool fans will be hoping this policy of buying young players whatever their nationality will prove more successful.