Coutinho will fire, say Reds

Liverpool assistant manager Colin Pascoe is confident new signing Philippe Coutinho can adapt to Premier League life quickly.

Last Updated: 01/02/13 at 16:47 Post Comment

Philippe Coutinho: Liverpool hope he can adapt to English football quickly

Philippe Coutinho: Liverpool hope he can adapt to English football quickly

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Reds manager Brendan Rodgers splashed out £8.5million to take Coutinho to Anfield from Serie A giants Inter after the midfielder rejected a late offer from Southampton.

A diminutive playmaker at 5ft 8in, some have suggested the physicality of English football may not be to the Brazilian's liking - but Pascoe is adamant his mentality will help him cope.

Pascoe said of the 20-year-old starlet: "He has played a lot of games from a young age. What we have got there is a young talent who has played a lot for Inter Milan and Espanyol.

"He is a young lad but what we have seen of him he can handle this type of pressure and he will be a good asset for us.

"The young lads who have come through have been absolutely brilliant but he has a lot of experience.

"He plays wide left, he can play as a number 10, and he likes to take defenders on and has a great awareness of his team-mates.

"He has to sort a few things out in Milan but he'll be back next week and he'll be ready to start straight away and he will be a great addition to the squad."

A persistent hamstring injury prevents Coutinho from making Liverpool's squad for Sunday's trip to face Premier League champions Manchester City.

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