Philippe Coutinho Officially Agrees to Long-Term Deal to Join Liverpool

Pete Schauer@@Pete_SchauerCorrespondent IJanuary 30, 2013

It looks as though Liverpool finally got its man.

According to the club's official website, Liverpool has officially inked 20-year-old midfielder Philippe Coutinho. 

FootballFacts 101 shows us Coutinho with his new gear via Twitter:

According to BBC Sport, the deal will cost the Reds £8.5 million in fees to Inter.

Coutinho has long been targeted by the Reds, but they were never able to strike a deal with the former Inter Milan star. Now that they have, he certainly sounds happy (via

I'm feeling very happy, it's a very important step in my career and I'm expecting to come here and play good football to give my contribution on the pitch.

Liverpool is a great club with great players. We've always heard about Liverpool's history in Brazil. They are the club that have been interested in me and that have showed this interest so I know they believe in me and my football.

Will this move pay off for the Reds?

While that remains to be seen, there have been suggestions that this is an enormous gamble for Liverpool (via BBC Sport).

When Inter first acquired Coutinho, he was supposed to be the future star that would lead the Black and Blues to championship glory. That clearly never happened.

On the other hand, the midfielder is just 20 and has plenty of time to develop and become the star people expect, especially while playing in a better system with the Reds.

The Coutinho transfer marks the second for Liverpool this season after Chelsea's Daniel Sturridge joined the club earlier this month.

Trailing fourth-place Tottenham by seven points in the English Premier League table, the Reds can now make a run at the Champions League following the purchase of Coutinho.

During his short career, the 20-year-old has shown he can play in midfield and move into the forward slot.

He has flashed his skills plenty in the past and should add an instant spark to Liverpool's attack. If he doesn't impact the offense immediately, the least he will do is serve as a future replacement for Steven Gerrard.


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