Liverpool’s Coutinho ‘calm’ about Premier League’s physical nature

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Countinho says he won't be bullied in the Premier League despite the Brazilian's diminutive frame

Philippe Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho joined from Inter Milan in January Photo: Soccer.ru

Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho has warned his Premier League opponents that he will not be easily intimidated despite the midfielder’s diminutive frame ahead of Liverpool’s clash with Wigan on Saturday.

The Brazil international has made a bright start to life in the English top flight after scoring on his full Anfield debut in a 5-0 victory over Swansea City.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers signed the 20-year-old in a £8.5m deal from Inter Milan in January, but concerns have been expressed over the 5ft 7ins midfielder’s suitability to the Premier League.

However, the young playmaker is adamant that he can cope with the physical nature of the English game.

“I’m quite calm about the physical side of the game here,” Coutinho said. “If I get knocked down, I will get up and carry on playing. Will I kick them back? No. I will have to score some goals first!

“Of course [the physical nature] can be a challenge but before I came here Lucas [Leiva] had told me about the style of play. I always knew the type of football here would be much harder, but with the help of the manager, staff and players I will try to adapt as quickly as possible.”

Coutinho endured a muted end to his Inter career after initially impressing under former Reds boss Benítez at the San Siro outfit.

The Brazilian is determined to make his Liverpool switch work and help the restore the club to its former standing, insisting he is at the Merseyside outfit for the long haul.

“Every time you come into training every day you see the European Cup and that gives you all the motivation you need,” added Coutinho. “Liverpool has huge players who are idols to many people.

“I’m young and learning and when you want to decide to sign for a club like Liverpool, these are factors you consider. Liverpool is still a huge club all over the world. Hopefully I will have a long career here.

“I need to spend some time at a club but I also need to enjoy my football, to play my best. I need to take account that I am in the middle of huge players and I want to carry on learning my trade.

“The pressure I have is to play well and do my best for the team. I am well aware I am representing a huge club.”

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