After publicly blasting his youngsters for their poor performance against Oldham in the FA Cup, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is sure to be smiling after the Reds were able to secure the 20-year-old Coutinho.
Coutinho's deal is reportedly worth £8.5 million, and the Brazilian couldn't be happier to begin his time in Anfield (according to Liverpool's website, viasoccernet.espn.com):
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.
The young Coutinho brings youth and exuberance to a Liverpool club whose youngsters have had a rough go of it as of late.
Not very bad company to be in by any means.
The deal fell through, and it left Rodgers without another striker.
After being dealt such a blow, Rodgers was reluctant to believe the Coutinho rumors until the papers were actually signed.
Now, he can breathe easier knowing he has a new young talent on his club.
With Steven Gerrard's veteran leadership, along with the additions of Sturridge and Coutinho, the Reds have great things to look forward to as the season progresses.
Not to mention they'll have three players returning from injury.
Coutinho will be expected to make an impact in Anfield right away, but with the support from Rodgers, as well as managing director Ian Ayre, he'll fit in just fine.