Liverpool Transfer News: How Coutinho Signing Impacts Reds Going Forward

Steven SlivkaCorrespondent IIIJanuary 30, 2013

Philippe Coutinho just signed a deal with Liverpool FC.
Philippe Coutinho just signed a deal with Liverpool FC.Marco Luzzani/Getty Images

The Reds took another step in the right direction after they acquired center midfielder Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan.

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,

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.

In his native Brazil, Coutinho drew comparisons to Kaka and Ronaldinho.

Not very bad company to be in by any means.

Liverpool were left in the dark in August after the Reds were hoping to get Clint Dempsey from Fulham after loaning Andy Carroll to West Ham.

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.