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Liverpool sign Brazilian playmaker Countinho from Inter

Carl Markham

Published 30/01/2013 | 16:35

File photo dated 28/07/2012 of Philippe Coutinho. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Wednesday January 30, 2013. Liverpool have confirmed the signing of Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan on a long-term contract. See PA story SOCCER Liverpool. Photo credit should read: Craig Halkett/PA Wire

LIVERPOOL have completed the £8.5million (€9.9m) signing of Philippe Coutinho from Inter Milan.

The 20-year-old Brazilian has signed a "long-term deal", the Premier League club announced, after completing his medical and acquiring a work permit, which was the final hurdle in the process.

Coutinho, an attacking midfielder, has appeared only once for his country over two years ago but has played internationally from under-17 level.

Coutinho becomes manager Brendan Rodgers' second signing of the January transfer window having already brought in Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea for £12million.

"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," he said.

"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."

Coutinho began his career at Vasco da Gama before moving to Inter Milan in 2010.

He has also spent time on loan in Spain at Espanyol.

Managing director Ian Ayre said: "We're always delighted when we get the players we go after.

"It has been a successful transfer window for us, coming off the back of acquiring Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea and now Philippe from Inter Milan.

"I think that bodes well for us for the rest of the season and the future."

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