Philippe Coutinho determined to become ‘big player’ for Liverpool
Philippe Coutinho has set his sights on becoming a "big player" for Liverpool in seasons to come after his January move
Philippe Coutinho has set his sights on becoming a “big player” for Liverpool in seasons to come after impressing since his January move to Anfield.
The Brazil international scored his second Reds goal in a 3-1 defeat by Southampton at St Mary’s last Saturday after completing a £8.5m transfer to Liverpool from Inter Milan at the turn of the year.
The 20-year-old, who has one Brazil cap to his name, has also notched up two assists in his five appearances for Liverpool.
But despite his encouraging start, the winger knows that he will have to work hard to establish himself as a regular in Brendan Rodgers’ side.
“Every player wants to improve and get better and I am the same. I am still young and have so much still to learn,” Coutinho told the Liverpool Echo.
“I hope to be here for many years and become a big player for Liverpool. I will continue to work hard and do my best to improve my performances and help Liverpool.”
Coutinho admits that he has been thrilled with the start to his Anfield career, and reserved special praise for Kop boss Rodgers.
“Things have gone really well for me here so far,” he continued. “Maybe because I played in Italy and spent six months in Spain last season that has helped me adapt more quickly to English football.
“Also I must thank my team-mates as they have helped me a lot with my first few games. Everyone has made me feel so welcome.
“The manager here is still young but he’s an excellent person and a very good coach. He speaks openly to everyone and I’m pleased to be working with him.
“The games are quicker and more physical but I like that. I am learning all the time.”