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Brazil's Coutinho completes switch to Liverpool

Liverpool sign Inter midfielder Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho will become the fifth Brazilian player to represent Liverpool

Liverpool have continued to strengthen their strike force by completing the signing of Inter Milan midfielder Philippe Coutinho.

The 20-year-old, who has signed a long term contract, has become the Reds' second signing of the January transfer window after the arrival of Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea earlier this month.

"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," Coutinho told the club's official website.

Coutinho, who has been capped once by Brazil, began his career at Vasco da Gama before moving to Inter Milan in 2010. He has also spent time on loan in Spain at Liga outfit Espanyol.

Coutinho will be the fifth Brazilian to represent Liverpool after Fabio Aurelio, Diego Cavalieri, Doni and Lucas Leiva.

Key Points

  • Liverpool complete the signing of Philippe Coutinho from Inter
  • The Brazil international enjoyed a loan spell at Espanyol last season
  • Coutinho joined Inter from Vasco De Gama in 2010