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Liverpool banner gave Coutinho 'goose bumps'

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Philippe Coutinho admits he got goosebumps the first time he saw a fan banner with his picture on flying in the Kop.

The Brazilian signed for Liverpool from Inter Milan in January 2013 for £8.5million, and quickly became a fans' favourite on Merseyside for his brilliance on the ball.

Coutinho's ability to glide past the opposition and play inch-perfect passes has been truly appreciated by Reds fans at Anfield, and he's also started to chip in with some big goals for Brendan Rodgers' side.

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In recent weeks, Coutinho has scored with spectacular strikes against Southampton and Manchester City, and some fans have decided to pay tribute to the 22-year-old with a flag dubbing him 'O Magico' at Anfield.

And, when the playmaker first got a glimpse of the banner, he could not believe his eyes.

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"I felt really honoured," he said in his new LFC documentary, 'Coutinho: Home from Home.'

"I remember we went to the field for our warm-up and the banner was there - it gave me goose bumps. I got really excited and found it really cool.

"It's very good to receive this warmth from the fans. It makes you want to improve even more, to repay this kind of thing on the field."

Magician

Throughout his Liverpool career, Coutinho has lit up the Anfield crowd with the magic he possesses in his feet. His performance during the 2-1 win against Manchester City earlier this month was outstanding, menacing Vincent Kompany and co. from the first until the final whistle.

His goal against the Citizens was an unstoppable strike. The former Espanyol loanee knocked the ball from under his feet and curled his shot past a helpless Joe Hart to wrap the three points up for his side.

Earlier this season, Rodgers hailed Coutinho's efforts and called him 'the brains of the team' and said he could become the next Luis Suarez.

Coutinho has created an excellent relationship with the players around him. Daniel Sturridge thrives off the through balls played from Liverpool's number ten and Raheem Sterling was also been on the receiving end of an incredible pass when the Reds played Burnley on Boxing Day.

Room For Improvement

As much as Coutinho has impressed, however, there is still room for improvement. The Brazilian often gives the ball away too easily and sometimes picks the wrong pass to play.

Goals have also been a problem for Coutinho over his two years at Anfield. The recent run aside, he has scored just 13 times for the Reds. For a playmaker, it's an unsatisfactory return and he knows his tally must improve.

"I think I still have to improve. I scored a few goals last month but I need to improve," he added.

"I have this ambition, this objective of improving finishing. In the position I play, I need to score goals to help the team and create plays. Therefore I must improve my goalscoring skills."

How do you rate Coutinho's performances this season Liverpool fans - has he improved as you'd hoped or were you expecting more from the Brazilian?

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