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Wednesday January 30 2013
Coutinho: 'Liverpool a big step'

Philippe Coutinho has given his first interview since completing the transfer from Inter to Liverpool. “It’s a very important step in my career.”

The Brazilian was sold for somewhere between £8.5m and £10m, passing his medical and signing the contract today.

“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 told LiverpoolFC.com.

“It's been a rush, a lot of medicals and today we finally signed the deal. Now it's official, I'm the newest Liverpool player.”

A bidding war had broken out for the 20-year-old, including Aston Villa and Southampton, but the Reds came out on top.

“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.

“I'm a player who likes to make moves and to play along with the attack, passing as well as scoring. I like dribbling and playing near to the box - that is a strength I have. I've been playing in Italy for two-and-a-half years and I believe I will adapt with ease here.

“I'd like to thank all fans that have sent me messages on Twitter. I'm coming here very keen to help the club with my moves and scoring goals to put Liverpool at the top. I just want to say thanks. I'm happy to be signing with a great club and I hope I can give them my contribution.”

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