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Brendan Rodgers Reveals What Convinced Him to Sign Philippe Coutinho at Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers Reveals What Convinced Him to Sign Philippe Coutinho at Liverpool

Brendan Rodgers has revealed what convinced him to sign Philippe Coutinho at Liverpool.

The Northern Irishman would have looked on with pride as the Brazilian playmaker sealed a £142million to Barcelona earlier this week.

It was Rodgers who signed Coutinho at Anfield back in 2013 at a time when he couldn’t get a game at Inter Milan.

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But he developed into one of the best midfield players in the world under Rodgers and that continued under Jurgen Klopp before he earned his big move to Spain this week.

Rodgers was asked about Coutinho’s huge transfer yesterday while out in Dubai with Celtic for some warm weather training and he’s told why he decided to sign the midfielder.

Speaking yesterday, Rodgers, per dailyrecord.co.uk, said: “It’s brilliant for both as he is a Barcelona player if ever there was one. At the time when I brought him, he wasn’t in the team at Inter Milan. People questioned whether he was big enough and tall enough.

“But I’d seen him as a young player at 18 at Inter Milan around top players and I always felt he had the technical quality. And, of course, he was always going to get better physically.

“We kept in contact ever since we left.

“Before he came over to Liverpool, he was low in confidence. I believed in his ability. It was clear what he was. If you see him play now, he played like that when he was an 11-year-old child, if you see videos of him playing Futsal.

“He was exactly the same. But he needed that belief. He came in and developed and improved. He was outstanding for me and a real humble boy.”

Rodgers should take a lot of credit for the part he played in Coutinho becoming such a good player – and then earning Liverpool £134.5million in profit.

Coutinho could now be set to make his debut for Barcelona when they play Celta Vigo in the Copa Del Rey tomorrow night.

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