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Lucas Leiva believes Philippe Coutinho has the talent to take the Barclays Premier League by storm — but insisted the playmaker will need time to adjust fully to the demands of English football.
Having moved to Anfield from Inter Milan in January, Coutinho marked his full Liverpool debut with a goal and an eye-catching display in Sunday’s 5-0 rout of Swansea City.
Lucas believes that performance was just a glimpse of what his compatriot is capable of producing, though he’s stressed no-one should expect too much too soon from the 20-year-old.
“I’m really happy for him,” said Lucas. “We were talking about the pace of the Premier League and even with the training sessions he has found it is much quicker than in Italy.
“He will need time to settle but that goal will give him confidence. We could see a lot of positive things from him against Swansea. Hopefully he will be a great player for now and for the future as he’s only 20. But he will need time. Every single young player who comes ...
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Philippe Coutinho scored on his full debut as a Luis Suarez-inspired Liverpool thrashed Swansea 5-0 to climb into seventh in the Premier League.
Swansea boss Michael Laudrup, with next Sunday's Capital One Cup final in mind, made seven changes to his side and the Reds took full advantage, with Suarez outstanding.
He won a 34th-minute penalty off Kemy Agustien which Steven Gerrard...
Philippe Coutinho marked his full debut with a goal as Liverpool returned to winning ways in emphatic fashion with a 5-0 rout of Swansea City at Anfield.
The Brazilian found the net with a fine solo goal just seconds after half-time to add to Steven Gerrard‘s first-half opener from the penalty spot.
Jose Enrique then finished a fine team move by stabbing in a third before Luis...
New signing Philippe Coutinho marked his Liverpool debut with a goal as an understrength Swansea side with one eye on a Wembley final next week put up little fight at Anfield.
The 20-year-old scored the important second goal moments after the break following Steven Gerrard's first-half penalty.
Jose Enrique, Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturridge, also from the spot, finished off...
Liverpool cruised to a 5-0 victory in the Premier League on Sunday against an understrength Swansea side preparing for the League Cup final, halting a five-game winless run in all competitions.
Philippe Coutinho marked his first start by scoring the second goal at Anfield after the break following captain Steven Gerrard's first-half penalty kick.
In a lopsided second half,...