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Philippe Coutinho: How Talented Midfielder Makes Liverpool Better

MILAN, ITALY - OCTOBER 25:  Correia Philippe Coutinho of FC Internazionale Milano in action during the UEFA Europa League group H match between FC Internazionale Milano and  FK Partizan on October 25, 2012 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Marco Luzzani/Getty Images)
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Mike MoraitisAnalyst IJanuary 31, 2013

Philippe Coutinho is the newest addition to Liverpool, and there is no doubt this talented midfielder makes the Reds a better club.

In a move made near the end of the January transfer window, Liverpool reached a deal with Coutinho's former side, Inter Milan, worth about £8.5 million, per BBC Sport.

Here is what Coutinho had to say, according to the BBC Sport report: "Liverpool is a great club with great players. We've always heard about Liverpool's history in Brazil. I know they believe in me and my football."

The Reds were just one of many suitors for Coutinho's services, but luckily they were able to emerge victorious. This was Liverpool's second signing of the transfer window, with the other being striker Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea.

 

What Coutinho Brings to the Reds

He is still a bit raw in experience, but he could prove a long-term fix for the Reds with a bit more work and time on the field.  Still, Coutinho is already a talented young player with plenty of room to grow.

The Brazilian is a versatile midfielder who can do a few different things on the field.

With his creativity on the ball, Coutinho can unlock opposing defenses, thus helping to open up the field and create scoring chances for himself and his teammates.

Not only is Coutinho a solid passer who can put teammates in a great scoring position, but he can also move forward with speed and find the back of the net on his own accord.

The simple fact Coutinho is a ball-handling wizard will make him an instant fan-favorite and an exciting player to watch. It won't be long before Liverpool fans fall in love with the 20-year-old, if they haven't already.

After a swing and a miss with Blackpool's Tom Ince (per Phil McNulty of BBC Sport), the Reds were able to land Coutinho.

They might not have gotten everything they wanted, but the Reds certainly aren't walking away empty-handed as January comes to a close.

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