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Liverpool's Coutinho: I'm still learning the game

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Liverpool's Brazilian starlet Philippe Coutinho admits he is still learning about football despite having already played in four different nations at the tender age of 20.

The youngster left Brazil at just 18 and having already played in Brazil, Spain and Italy, he says he is still learning about the game.

Coutinho told Liverpoolfc.com: "I think it has been very positive for me as I already have some experience, even though I am young.

"I don't know anything about football yet - I am still learning but playing in different countries has been important and it has helped.

"I played in Spain and football is played faster there than in Brazil. In Italy, it's a bit more like here and I think that has helped me, too."

Coutinho was just 16 when Inter Milan agreed a deal with Vasco da Gama for his services in 2008.

"Every player wants to come to Europe," he added. "It has the best players in the world, the best clubs, and this is where the big championships are played.

"Every player dreams about playing in Europe and it was the same with me. I was bought by Inter when I was 16, I was a young lad but I don't regret anything.

"The language is different and football is very different from Italy to Brazil and so that was difficult. I had played all my life - for 11, 12 or 13 years - in Brazil and to move all of a sudden to a new country is very difficult.

"It was a new culture and to be away from my friends was difficult, but in time I got used to it and now I am here [at Liverpool]."

Source: Liverpool FC


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