Coutinho over the moon to be playing with Firmino


Liverpool’s attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho is excited by the prospect of being able to play with his Brazilian international teammate next season at Anfield and thinks that the 23-year-old has all the skills needed to become successful on Merseyside.

Liverpool completed the signing of the Bundesliga striker on Wednesday paying Hoffenheim £21.3 million to make him the clubs fifth signing of the summer.

“I think it is great news,” Coutinho told the club’s official website.

“Firmino is a great player and obviously I know him from the Brazilian national team. He is a great character and person.

“He is strong physically, he is fast, agile, very skilful on the ball and he scores a lot of goals – he is a great forward. I am sure he will be of great help to us next season.”