Liverpool Transfer Rumours: Reds Chasing Teenage Inter Midfield Starlet

Jake WareCorrespondent IIINovember 18, 2011

One of manager Kenny Dalglish's biggest changes to the squad since taking over has been his remodeling of the midfield.

Charlie Adam, Stewart Downing and Jordan Henderson were all brought in this summer as Dalglish splashed the cash to improve the center of the field.

Now, the Reds appear set to continue that remodeling, as The Daily Mail are reporting that Liverpool are "keeping a close eye" on Inter Milan's Brazilian teenager Philippe Coutinho.

Coutinho, who turned 19 in June, has long been considered one of the brightest young talents in world football. Since joining Italian giants Inter in the summer of 2010, he has only solidified that reputation, emerging as an important fringe player for the Serie A runners-up last season.

Early on this year, however, Coutinho appears to have become frustrated with his role on the fringe. The attacking midfielder is desperate for first team opportunities, opportunities he would be granted at Anfield.

Coutinho plays a very similar game to Liverpool legend Steven Gerrard, but with the latters tough injury record of late, the Reds are looking for someone to take his place.

Henderson was signed to do just that, but he has failed to fully carry the burden of Gerrard's absence.

With his offensive instincts and all-round ability, Coutinho seems a better option to replace Gerrard in the heart of the Liverpool team.

Don't be surprised to see the Reds take a run at Philippe Coutinho in the January transfer window.  

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