Philippe Coutinho arrived on Merseyside on 30th January, 2013, after the Reds secured an £8.5million deal with Internazionale.

Upon joining Liverpool, Coutinho's move was welcomed by compatriot Lucas Leiva, who insisted he would help the player adapt to life in England.

And, the young playmaker amalgamated almost instantly with Liverpool and concluded his maiden season with three goals and seven assists in just 13 appearances.

Coutinho even earned the accolade of Liverpool Young Player of the Year, despite just five months in a red shirt. 

The young prospect dazzled Liverpool fans with his incisive passing and exquisite vision immediately. A performance prominent in many Liverpool fans' minds is the 6-0 drubbing of Newcastle at St James' Park, in which he was instrumental.

In addition, Coutinho exemplified his eye for goal in his short time at Anfield, peaking with a fantastic 30-yard strike on the final day against QPR.

The diminutive Brazilian has extended this form into the new season, scoring a scintillating solo goal against Thailand on the Reds' pre-season tour.
(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bWMrZVRo0fA)

At 20-years-old, Philippe has plenty more time to further progress and his performances provided some highlights in what could be described as an average season for Liverpool last year.

As the new season approaches, the club’s supporters have begun to show their appreciation for Coutinho's talents as shirts with the Brazilian attacker’s name on the back are being sold more than any other player.

This is particularly surprising considering that Coutinho has only been at Liverpool such a short time and has began to out-sell other enormous figures at the club such as Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez. 

Reds boss Brendan Rodgers has certainly noticed the influx within the City, and believes the player can deliver under enormous pressure.

Rodgers told LFCtv: “You look around the city now and there are so many kids and people who have ‘Coutinho’ on their shirt"

“They obviously love watching him like I do. I’m fortunate enough where I get the chance to see him every day.

“He’s a wonderful talent, a player that creates goals and scores goals. He’s a joy to watch. He’ll play a big part for us this season.”

 

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