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Philippe Coutinho delighted by new Liverpool signings

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Liverpool midfield Philippe Coutinho has hailed the new signings made by his club and believes that the Reds can repeat their success this season.

Coutinho was a pivotal player as the Merseyside club clawed their way towards the Premier League title last campaign, only to be pipped at the final furlong by Manchester City.

The Brazilian ace has continued to impress during pre-season being Liverpool's best player, with his form not going unnoticed by manager Brendan Rodgers, who called the play-maker 'the brains of the team.'

Coutinho confident

As the Reds prepare to challenge for the title once again, Coutinho believes that Liverpool have bought the right players to follow up last season's efforts. Talking to the club's official website, he said: "We share the same feeling with the supporters.

"We feel it coming from them and it has a good effect upon us. The squad are very motivated - we've been working really hard to be prepared for this season.

"Our ambitions are similar to last year's, although with a greater focus on the trophy this year as we were very close to winning it last season.

"And certainly the fact that Liverpool have brought in new, high quality players will help us to produce another great season."

Tough competition 

Coutinho pretty much had a guaranteed start within the midfield last season, as the Liverpool squad lacked any real depth. If you looked across the bench at Anfield it featured players such as Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto who failed to do anything in a Red shirt.

However, Rodgers has significantly improved in all areas and Coutinho's is one of them. England international Adam Lallana has joined from Southampton for £25 million and he plays a similar role as the former Inter Milan star; just behind the strikers, threading through balls through and cutting open defences.

At times last season, Coutinho was a little complacent with his place on his manager's starting XI and put in a few under-par performances. However, with competition it has forced the 22-year-old to improve his game and based on pre-season evidence he has certainly done that.

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More goals wanted

Coutinho netted five times for Liverpool last season but, with the departure of Luis Suarez, both he and his manager know that he must score more this season.

Liverpool have yet to bring in another striker to replace Suarez and are in a race against the clock to do so. If they cannot bring in a suitable replacement, Coutinho knows that he must find the net more often.

"There's a lot to improve and one of my objectives for this season is to score more goals," he continued.

"I also want to increase my participation during games. Both are things I try to work hard on and improve in training.

"I am ready and I hope all goes well this season with me and mainly with the team. We want to have a good campaign, as we had last year. It'll be particularly important this year with having the Champions League to play."

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