Philippe Coutinho: YouTube Showreel of New Liverpool Midfielder
Liverpool's newest signing, Philippe Coutinho, is yet to make his debut for the club since making his transfer from Inter Milan last month, leaving fans looking forward eagerly to see what he can bring the team.
Coutinho was largely unable to hold down a place in the Inter Milan team this season with manager Andrea Stramaccioni preferring a system where the wide players are most suited to the role of wing backs, but Liverpool supporters still have plenty of material from previous seasons to take a look at.
His loan spell at Espanyol last season was perhaps his most consistently fruitful spell of first-team action in Europe so far, while he also put in a number of impressive cameo performances for Inter previous to that.
While YouTube compilations might not give the best all-round judge of a player's strengths and weaknesses, we can certainly get an indication of what to expect from Coutinho when he reaches his peak levels of fitness and confidence.
Coutinho's outstanding control and ability to quickly read and analyse a situation on the ball are two of his stand-out traits in possession.
This in particular will give Reds something to look forward to; the prospect of Coutinho and Luis Suarez linking up at speed around the opposition penalty area will be something that manager Brendan Rodgers hopes will aid Liverpool to break teams down consistently.
Though not a natural goal-scorer, Coutinho had shown glimpses of improvement in this area during his spell in Spain, and if he can keep up his rate of hitting the back of the net roughly once every three league games then he could prove a formidable addition to the Reds' front line.
If he can finally go on to fulfill his immense and undoubted promise, then Liverpool will have landed themselves something of a bargain for £8.5 million—and Kopites can look forward to more of these highlights reels with the player wearing all red.
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