Philippe Coutinho: Inter Milan Midfielder Worth Hefty Price Tag for Liverpool

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Philippe Coutinho: Inter Milan Midfielder Worth Hefty Price Tag for Liverpool
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Philippe Coutinho isn't just a catalyst for a top four-finish this season. The Inter Milan playmaker would become a staple in the Liverpool midfield for years. 

After Aston Villa and Southampton raised the stakes, the 20-year-old Brazilian is still worth a deal even higher than $8 million.

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.

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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.

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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.

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