So we’ve finally signed him after all the speculation for £8.5m from Internazionale after a decent run of form on loan to Espanyol and possesses the kind of trends Brendan Rodgers seems to be after – young, fairly untested and in a short spell of form. Sounds a bit negative because it probably is, I really do wish we would start getting some mid 20 TESTED players without so much risk involved, but hey ho I’m not the manager. Anyway, he is a Brazilian with a bit of promise, if this pays off I will gladly eat my hat and paint Brendan’s house but at the moment I’m unsure, it’s nothing personal against Philippe but I don’t want to see too many untested players in the same team or we’ll have Oldham Athletic-gate on our hands again…but in the league.
However, another addition to our forwards as our defence seems quite solid at the moment seems like a logical move, Sturridge was a coup after just 5 games and Lucas is back so attacking midfield was a gap for us. Maybe this will give Borini a reason to try a bit harder (not that he can try any less at the moment) and create some healthy competition for the attacking midfield. Anyway, here’s Coutinho’s stats –
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continentel||Total|
|2009||Vasco da Gama||Série B||12||0||0||0||0||0||—||12||0|
Not too bad considering his age, but again untested.
Here are some facts taken from Liverpool FC’s official wesbsite –
1. The 20-year-old’s full name is Philippe Coutinho Correia. He becomes the fifth Brazilian to represent Liverpool, following in the footsteps of compatriots Fabio Aurelio, Diego Cavalieri, Doni and Lucas.
2. Coutinho has two older brothers, both of whom are professional lawyers. The trio of siblings developed a tradition during childhood which they still adhere to – after every game, they spend time watching and assessing Philippe’s latest performance.
3. The attacking midfielder has made one full international appearance for his country to date, playing 45 minutes for Brazil in a 3-0 friendly victory over Iran in October 2010. New teammate Lucas Leiva also featured in that fixture.
4. At the U20 World Cup in Colombia two years ago, Coutinho featured in all seven matches for Brazil, who won the tournament by beating Portugal in the final. He was on target three times in the group stage, converting a penalty against Austria and notching twice past Panama. In the quarter-final with Spain, Coutinho narrowly missed the chance to face Daniel Pacheco, who was introduced as a substitute after the Brazilian had left the field.
5. His arrival at Anfield continues Coutinho’s recent trend of working with young managers. During his loan spell at Espanyol, the midfielder was coached by 40-year-old Mauricio Pochettino. The current Inter Milan boss is Andrea Stramaccioni, aged 37, while new manager Brendan Rodgers celebrated his 40th birthday this month.
6. The signing of Coutinho increases the crop of South American players at Anfield to five, joining Sebastian Coates and Luis Suarez of Uruguay, plus Brazilians Lucas and Doni. Aside from Lucas, who joined the Reds in 2007, all have been brought to the club within the past two years.
7. Coutinho has developed a reputation as a dead-ball specialist due to his accuracy from set-piece situations. His first goal for Inter Milan came from a precise, curling free-kick against Fiorentina in May 2011.
8. Coutinho has previously worn 7 and 29 at Inter, currently worn by Luis Suarez and Fabio Borini respectively at Anfield. The Brazilian sported No.23 at Espanyol – worn with distinction by Jamie Carragher for Liverpool.
9. Coutinho has a significant presence online and on social media. The former Vasco da Gama man has his own official website, 150,000 followers of his Twitter account, and an individual YouTube profile.
10. Born on June 12, Coutinho shares a birthday with two former Liverpool players. The late Tom Gracie represented the Reds from 1912 to 1914, while more recently Antonio Barragan made a single appearance for the club before returning to Spain.
That’s about all i can say at the moment, hope he lives up to the hype and doesn’t turn into a Borini!