Biography

Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho is a Brazilian footballer currently at Liverpool FC. Find out more about Philippe in our in-depth biography

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Philippe Coutinho is a Brazilian footballer who plays for Premier League club Liverpool.

The playmaker moved to Liverpool in an £8.5m transfer from Serie A club Inter Milan in the January transfer window in 2013.

Coutinho, who wears the number 10 shirt, has established himself as one of Liverpool’s best players since his move to Anfield.

Indeed, the attacking midfielder was named in the 2015 PFA Premier League team of the year thanks to his impressive performances.

The Reds star has become an important member of the Brazil squad since making his debut for his national team in 2010.

Coutinho was controversially left out of the Brazil squad for the 2014 World Cup on home soil.

Personal Information:

Date of birth: 12 June 1992
Age: 25 years old
Place of birth: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Nationality: Brazilian
Height: 171cm / 5ft 7in
Weight: 68kg / 150 lbs

Website: www.philipecoutinho.com/
Facebook: philippe.coutinho
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Twitter: phil_coutinho

Early life

Photo: Philippe Coutinho / Instagram

Philippe was born the youngest of three sons in Rio de Janeiro on 12 October 1992.

He spent a lot of time playing football with his older brothers Cristiano and Leandro on concrete pitches where he honed his skills.

Coutinho was spotted by Brazilian club Vasco da Gama during a local tournament. After a successful trial, Coutinho entered their youth system.

Vasco da Gama

Philippe wasted no time leaving his mark on Vasco da Gama’s youth system and it wasn’t long before he earned a call-up to the senior team.

He was a member of Brazil’s Under-15 squad and soon attracted interest from some European clubs.

Inter Milan agreed a €4m deal with Vasco da Gama for the promising midfielder and loaned Coutinho back to the Brazilian club for two seasons.

Philippe scored five goals in 31 appearances in all competitions to help Vasco da Gama win Serie B and underline his potential.

Inter Milan

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Coutinho linked up with his Inter Milan team-mates in 2010 with former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez in charge at the San Siro.

The teenager made his debut as a substitute in Inter Milan’s 2-0 loss to Atletico Madrid in the Uefa Super Cup.

Coutinho found his first-team opportunities somewhat limited at the Italian club in the 2010-11 season.

He created one of Inter’s goals in their thrilling 4-3 win against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on a night where Gareth Bale introduced himself to the European stage.

Coutinho ended the season on a positive note with a free-kick in Inter Milan’s 3-1 win against Fiorentina at the San Siro.

The Brazilian midfielder was sent out on loan to Spanish side Espanyol during the second half of the 2011-12 season with manager Gian Piero Gasperini and his successor Claudio Ranieri using the attacker sparingly.

He scored one goal in eight appearances in all competitions to fail to progress in his second season in Italy.

Espanyol loan (2012)

Inter Milan permitted Coutinho to move to Spanish side Espanyol on loan during the second half of the 2011-12 season.

Coutinho opened his account for the Spanish side in a 5-1 win against Rayo Vallecano on 11 March 2012. In fact, the Brazilian scored twice in the landslide victory.

The South American scored against Racing Santander and Malaga to thrive under Espanyol boss Mauricio Pochettino.

Coutinho finished with five goals in 16 appearances in La Liga to mark a successful loan spell at Espanyol.

He returned to Inter Milan for the 2012-13 season but the Brazil international was soon on the move despite scoring three times in 19 games for the Serie A giants in the first half of the campaign.

Liverpool

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Liverpool and Southampton went to battle over Coutinho’s signature in the 2013 January transfer window.

Coutinho’s former boss Pochettino was in charge of Southampton as the retired Argentina defender looked to capitalise on his past working relationship with the attacker.

However, Brendan Rodgers managed to convince Coutinho to move to Liverpool in a cut-price £8.5m deal in January 2013. Philippe signed a long-term deal with the Merseyside outfit.

Liverpool handed their new signing the prestigious number 10 shirt as Coutinho followed in the footsteps of John Barnes and Michael Owen.

2012-13 season

Philippe didn’t take long to win over the Liverpool supporters with his silky football.

He made his debut as a second-half substitute for Stewart Downing in a 2-0 win over West Brom at Anfield on 11 February 2013.

A week later, Coutinho scored his first Premier League goal in a 5-0 victory over Swansea City at Anfield.

The Brazilian continued his prolific start with two assists in a 4-0 win over Wigan Athletic before he scored a consolation goal in a 3-1 loss at Southampton.

Liverpool supporters witnessed Coutinho’s exciting potential when he produced a man of the match performance in a 6-0 win at Newcastle United at St James’ Park in April 2013.

He showed signs of an exciting partnership with fellow January signing Daniel Sturridge after the pair combined to devastating effect in wins at Newcastle and Fulham.

He signed off on the 2012-13 season with a sensational winner in Liverpool’s 1-0 victory over Queens Park Rangers on the final day of the season at Anfield.

2013-14 season

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Philippe’s first full season at Liverpool proved a whirlwind as the Merseyside went to the brink of winning a first Premier League title before falling just short.

However, the attacking midfielder spent the opening months of the season on the sidelines after he injured his shoulder during Liverpool’s clash at Swansea in September 2013.

Coutinho didn’t return to first-team action until a 4-0 win against Fulham at Anfield on 9 November. He scored his first goal of the campaign in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Everton at Goodison Park on 23 November.

The attacking midfielder continued his habit of scoring at Liverpool’s biggest rivals with the opener in what was ultimately a 2-1 loss at Manchester City on St Stephen’s Day.

Coutinho was on the score sheet again in Liverpool’s 4-0 win against Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield as Rodgers’ men continued to build momentum in the title run-in.

Philippe scored the most-memorable goal of the season in a 3-2 win against Manchester City at Anfield. He netted Liverpool’s third goal with eight minutes remaining to leave the Reds seven points clear of the Citizens with four games to play.

However, Liverpool lost to Chelsea and dropped points with Crystal Palace to allow Manchester City to overturn the deficit and make their two games in hand count. The Reds finished two points behind the eventual champions.

Coutinho scored five times and made seven assists in 28 games in his first full season in the Premier League.

2014-15 season

He made a slow start to the 2014-15 season with his first Premier League goal a late winner in a 3-2 victory at Queen’s Park Rangers on 19 October.

Philippe didn’t score his first Anfield goal until a 2-2 draw with Arsenal at Anfield on 21 December.

The Brazilian signed a new long-term contract with Liverpool in January 2015 to extend his stay at Anfield until 2020. He celebrated his new deal with the winning goal in 2-1 victory over Bolton Wanderers in the FA Cup.

Coutinho continued his prolific run against Manchester City with Liverpool’s second goal in a 2-1 victory at Anfield.

The Liverpool number 10 continued his brilliant form with goals in the quarter-finals and semi-finals of the FA Cup.

He finished the 2014-15 season with eight goals in 52 appearances in all competitions.

2015-16 season

Coutinho started the 2015-16 campaign in style with a brilliant long-range strike in the 89th minute to secure a 1-0 win at Stoke City in Liverpool’s season opener.

He earned his first red card in a Liverpool shirt a fortnight later for a second bookable offence in a shock 3-0 loss to West Ham United at Anfield.

Former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp replaced Rodgers as Liverpool boss in October 2015.

The German’s appointment prompted some sensational performances from Liverpool’s number 10.

Coutinho scored two goals in Liverpool’s 3-1 win at defending Premier League champions Chelsea on 31 October. Three weeks later, he netted in his third consecutive top-flight fixture to help Klopp’s men beat Manchester City 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium.

The Liverpool star’s brilliant form came to an end when he suffered a hamstring problem in January 2016 to keep him sidelined for five weeks.

However, he returned a month later to score the equaliser in a 1-1 draw with Manchester City in the League Cup final at Wembley. The Citizens won the season’s first trophy on penalties.

Liverpool continued to make good progress in the Europa League. Coutinho scored their goal in a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford to secure a 3-1 aggregate win.

Coutinho was on the score sheet in Liverpool’s incredible 4-3 win against Klopp’s former side Dortmund to book their place in the Europa League semi-final.

He scored his second Merseyside derby goal in a 4-0 victory over Everton but Liverpool missed out on a top-four place and lost 3-1 to Sevilla in the Europa League final.

Philippe scored 12 goals and made seven assists in 40 games in all competitions in the 2015-16 campaign.

2016-17 season

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His most prolific season to date came in the 2016-17 campaign when Coutinho helped Klopp’s side to finish in the top four.

He scored on the opening day of the Premier League season for a second successive year with two goals in Liverpool’s 4-3 victory at Arsenal.

Coutinho helped Liverpool to secure top spot in the Premier League table with victories over West Brom, Crystal Palace and Watford before he suffered a serious ankle injury in a 2-0 win against Sunderland at the end of November.

Liverpool rewarded the No10 for his brilliant form with another new contract in January 2017 which would extend his stay at Anfield until 2022.

He scored and made a goal in Liverpool’s 3-1 win against Everton in the Merseyside derby following his new deal.

Coutinho scored three times in victories over West Ham and Middlesbrough in their final two games of the campaign to secure a top-four finish.

Along with Sadio Mane, Coutinho finished as Liverpool’s joint leading goal-scorer with 13 goals and seven assists to help secure a return to the Champions League.

2017-18 season

Philippe’s summer was plagued by transfer speculation linking the number 10 with a move to Barcelona.

He even handed in a transfer request but Liverpool refused to sell their Brazilian star to the La Liga giants.

Coutinho missed Liverpool’s opening five Premier League games before he started for the first time at the King Power Stadium. Coutinho scored a brilliant free-kick in a 3-2 win against Leicester.

He went on to score against Spartak Moscow and Newcastle United to underline his importance to Klopp’s team.

International career

Photo: Philippe Coutinho / Instagram

Coutinho was an important member of the Brazil squad that won the World Under-17 championship in 2009.

He made his senior debut for A Selecao against Iran in 2010.

Luiz Felip Scolari controversially omitted Coutinho from his Brazil squad for the 2014 World Cup.

His successor Dunga reintegrated the Liverpool No10 back into the national team set-up following their disastrous World Cup.

Coutinho’s first Brazil goal came in a 2-0 win against Mexico in 2015.

He netted in Brazil’s 3-0 win against Paraguay in March 2017 to book their place in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Philippe has scored eight times in 29 games for the Brazil national team.

Personal life

Photo: Philippe Coutinho / Instagram

Coutinho married his wife Aine in 2012. The Brazilian couple have been dating since his move to Inter Milan in 2010.

The Liverpool number 10 has two children: Maria and Philippe junior.

Surprising facts you didn’t know about Philippe Coutinho

• Coutinho’s idol growing up was Barcelona and Brazil legend Ronaldinho.

• The Liverpool No10 is the Premier League’s most-prolific Brazilian player with 36 goals.

• Coutinho has tattoos stretching from his fingertips to his biceps paying tribute to his family.

• The South American midfielder is a devout Christian.

• Born on June 12, Coutinho shares a birthday with two former Liverpool players. The late Tom Gracie represented the Reds from 1912 to 1914, while more recently Antonio Barragan made a single appearance for the club before returning to Spain.

• Coutinho has two older brothers, both of whom are professional lawyers

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