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Philippe Coutinho says Sadio Mane is 'too fast'

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Philippe Coutinho has arguably had to shoulder the burden of being Liverpool's most creative player for two years now but under Jurgen Klopp times are changing at Anfield.

The big money signings of Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum this summer has taken the pressure off Coutinho to be Klopp's sole creator and the Brazilian can now expect much more competition for his place in the starting XI.

Wijnaldum's arrival was only confirmed a few days ago but Mane has already caught the eye of Coutinho.

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The £34 million signing from Southampton has settled in very quickly to life on Merseyside - although he has spent most of it on the road as Liverpool prepare for the new season - and Coutinho has even gone as far as signing the tricky winger is 'too fast'.

On Liverpool's official website, he said: “It’s been very good playing with Sadio so far, but if anything he’s too fast! That’s good because you need this in your game. Everyone is very happy with him – he is a nice guy and very good player.

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“[The new signings are] very good for Liverpool and the squad because there is good competition to play. Everybody wants to be involved and that’s good for the club."

Coutinho has played in both pre-season clashes with Wigan and Huddersfield since returning after an extended summer break and has already struck up a good working relationship with Mane.

Klopp was unable to guide the Reds to the Champions League last season after joining the club in October but will have his sights set firmly on restoring Liverpool's place in Europe's premier competition this year.

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While Coutinho will still be expected to contribute to any success Klopp's men can achieve, the 24-year-old is optimistic the Anfield-based outfit can improve on 2015/16's eighth place finish in the Premier League.

“I am confident for this season. I think everyone feels confident. Last season we had some opportunities but couldn’t take them.

“That has made us stronger and now we are hungry to win titles and to be able to fight.”

In the shorter term, Coutinho and Co. will switch their attention to their next match against Chelsea which kicks off on Thursday morning.

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