Here’s the latest on Liverpool’s pursuit of the Inter talent, according to BBC’s Ben Smith:
Coutinho has endured ups and downs since coming over to Serie A, full of injuries and ridiculous expectations.
Also, the blanketing defense that inhabit the Italian league have rendered him a turnover-prone player, but that won't be the same defensive scheme he'll see in the Premier League.
Is Coutinho Worth a $9 Million Dollar Signing?
Through all of that, he has become a difference maker in his 10 caps this season. While he may not be ready for full-time duty in the Reds' midfield, he will be a worthy substitute for some instant opportunities and a few starts to spell the usual suspects.
Liverpool needs creativity in the middle third to push the ball down the field. Barring unforeseen injuries, Coutinho has all the indications of a Premier League regular doing exactly that.
The Brazilian has the skills to play in the central midfield or assist as a second striker out wide.
This Coutinho signing isn't just for the 2013 season, but for the extended future. The Reds considered a move for Wesley Sneijder, who’s ready to play right now, but doesn’t offer much in future years considering his price tag.
Coutinho has the ability and potential to be a future star, hence why Inter rejected Liverpool's initial evaluation of $6.7 million. Whether he'll affect the game next week, in a year, or a few years is the true mystery.
If his name signs on the dotted line, it will be money well spent eventually.