Liverpool ace praises fellow countryman

Inter Milan midfielder Philippe CoutinhoLiverpool midfielder Lucas Leiva has no doubt the Premier League club has one of football’s brightest prospects in new signing and fellow Brazilian, Philippe Coutinho.

“There is no doubt he will be a great player for now and for the future of Liverpool – we could see good things from him” Leiva told the Mirror.

The 20-year-old forward impressed everyone on his Anfield debut after scoring a skilful goal and showing some technically sound touches in the 5-0 victory against Swansea.

Despite being quite young when he left his league, Lucas assures Coutinho has already left a mark in Brazil, where he enjoys a bigger recognition.

“His reputation in Brazil is actually very high but he left home very early. He was only a boy,” the Brazilian midfielder added.

“We could not see him playing in the first team in Brazil back then, because he had only played a few games.”

But after his unsuccessful stint at Inter Milan, Leiva believes that Coutinho has a new opportunity to make an impact in European football playing for Brendan Rodgers’ side.

“Here this is a new challenge for him. He has settled very well and it will help him that there are a few South American players here already.”

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