Lucas: Coutinho will be a star

Liverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva believes new signing Philippe Coutinho will not need long before becoming an impact player for the club.'

Last Updated: 19/02/13 at 11:03 Post Comment

Philippe Coutinho: He's going to be a star according to team-mate Lucas

Philippe Coutinho: He's going to be a star according to team-mate Lucas

The 20-year-old marked his full debut with a goal in the 5-0 win over Swansea last weekend and his Brazilian compatriot believes there is plenty more to come.

Lucas revealed training so far has come as a bit of a shock for Coutinho, compared to previous club Inter Milan, but he sees a massive future for him and says his signing can only be seen as a positive one.

"His reputation is very high back in Brazil but he left the country very early so we couldn't really see him play in the first team," said Lucas.

"At Inter he didn't have as many chances as he thought he would have so here is a new challenge for him and he is really looking forward to it.

"He is still adapting and we were talking about the pace of the Premier League and even in the training sessions he can feel it is much quicker than Italy.

"He is trying to play quick because he knows he will need that tempo to be successful.

"It will take him time to settle but a goal will give him confidence and we could see there were positive things from him.

"Hopefully he will be a great player for now and for the future as well as he is only 20."

Lucas says he will do everything he can to help his new team-mate settle in England and hopes that will happen quickly thanks to the cosmopolitan nature of the Liverpool squad.

"Every single young player who comes to the Premier League finds it difficult and it is going to be the same for him but we have a few South American players who can help him," he added.

"He has the skills and the ability to do well. We just need to keep positive with him and hopefully he will be okay. I really don't tell him what I went through in my early stages, I just told him how he will be successful here."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

E

ven if United were to sign CR7 & Messi to play upfront, the fact remains Fletcher and Cleverly are playing in midfield. That's where the problem is. Fletcher is too slow with an awful pass, while Cleverly is simply rubbish

mrunited4life
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

T

hese days, these days, you can't say something racist without somebody saying that you're a racist.

tk421
'Wrong' Views Not Silenced By Shouting...

D

rop Rooney (he's so disappointing, overrated and overpaid), and play Di Maria and RVP upfront, much like the set up at the Netherlands team with Roben and RVP...

eric bush3
Di Maria - A Signing of Necessity, or Opportunity?

Footer 365

England name team to face Norway and John Stones will start

John Stones has been named in England’s starting line-up for Wednesday night’s friendly against Norway.

International friendly: England v Norway preview

Team news for Wednesday's international friendly clash between England and Norway at Wembley (kick-off 8pm).

England captain Wayne Rooney 'looks chubby', says Norway's Vegard Forren

Norway defender Vegard Forren says England captain Wayne Rooney “looks a bit chubby”.

Mail Box

Reasons To Feel Positive At Spurs...

They didn't complete any big deals on deadline day, but that doesn't mean Spurs fans should be down about their hopes this season. Plus, United fans say farewelbz...

Danny Welbeck - Yes, No And Maybe

And understandably busy Mailbox with the instant reactions with those happy and sad on their club's transfer dealings. On Welbeck, Arsenal, United, Spurs and loans...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property