Philippe Coutinho excited to link up with fellow countryman

Brazil international, Phlippe Coutinho says that he is thoroughly excited at the prospect of linking up with Roberto Firmino at Liverpool next season. The midfielder was snapped up by Brendan Rodgers’ side from German Bundesliga outfit Hoffenheim a few days back for a fee believed to be in the region of 29 million pounds and Coutinho is confident that his Brazil teammate will be a great success at Anfield.

“I think it is great news,” Coutinho told Liverpool’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.

“After hearing the news, I said to him ‘welcome to Liverpool’ and I have told him that he will be coming into a club that is like a family – I made sure to tell him that.

“I have also wished him a great and very successful first season at Liverpool.”