Liverpool youngster Philippe Coutinho: I’ve still got a lot to learn
Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho admits he has still got a lot to learn despite a scintillating start to his Reds career
Philippe Coutinho says he still has a lot to learn despite the youngster’s impressive start at Liverpool.
The Brazil international scored his second Reds goal in a 3-1 defeat by Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday after completing a £8.5m move to Liverpool from Inter Milan in January.
Coutinho has brought more than goals to Brendan Rodgers’s side, with the 20-year-old already producing two assists as the midfielder showed signs of a blossoming partnership with Luis Suárez.
“I think it has been very positive for me as I already have some experience, even though I am young,” he told Liverpool’s website.
“I don’t know anything about football yet – I am still learning but playing in different countries has been important and it has helped.
“I played in Spain and football is played faster there than in Brazil. In Italy, it’s a bit more like here and I think that has helped me, too.”
Countinho added that he already feels settled at Liverpool thanks to the presence of compatriot Lucas Leiva and fellow South Americans Sebastián Coates and Suárez.
“It has been a great help,” he said. “I don’t speak English and I can only speak and understand a little bit of Spanish.
“Lucas speaks Portuguese and has helped me a lot. He has been like a father to me and that has helped me a lot.
“Suárez and Seba [Coates] have also helped me. If somebody wants to tell me something, when they are around they can help me understand, so it has been very important their presence here for me.”