Posted by Attack of the Kop On Wednesday, 30 January 2013 21 comments
Liverpool football club have confirmed the signing of Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan, fending off interest from Premier League rivals Southampton and Tottenham.
20-year-old Coutinho started his career in the youth system of Brazilian outfit Vasco da Gama. He rapidly became one of the most sought after youngsters in world football and Inter Milan eventually signed him for €4 million at just 16. The Italian side loaned him back to Vasco until his 18th birthday.
At Inter he saw his opportunities limited with stiff competition, featuring just 15 times in his debut season. In January of 2012 Coutinho joined Spanish side Espanyol until the end of the season. It proved to be fruitful for the attacked as he amassed 5 goals in 16 appearances.
Philippe Coutinho is a versatile attacker who can play across the front three and is known for his trickery, acceleration and technical ability.