Philippe Coutinho: 5 Reasons to Believe Liverpool Midfielder Is the Real Deal

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Philippe Coutinho: 5 Reasons to Believe Liverpool Midfielder Is the Real Deal
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His kind words about the Reds’ newest signing didn’t translate to his team being kind to Liverpool on the pitch at the weekend, but Mauricio Pochettino’s praise for Philippe Coutinho was hard to ignore.

Southampton boss Pochettino managed Coutinho during the Brazilian’s loan spell at Espanyol last season, and although comparing the 20-year-old’s talents to those of Lionel Messi and Ronaldinho (via BBC) might be more than a little premature at the moment, it is clear to see that the youngster has quality.

It is important not to hype him up too much, of course, but the Anfield fans have certainly taken to Coutinho and feel that he can offer Brendan Rodgers and Liverpool something that they’ve been missing for the majority of the season.

Here are some reasons why the fans will go nuts for the Brazilian.

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