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Coutinho Relishing Firmino Partnership

Liverpool’s Philippe Coutinho is enjoying playing with friend and compatriot Roberto Firmino. The pair were on target in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Stoke City at the Bet365 Stadium and have formed part of a fluid front 3 with The Reds this year, alongside Sadio Mane.

Coutinho told the official Liverpool magazine that he loves playing with his international teammate at club level, “Roberto is a clever player. He makes those diagonal runs that are so important to our play at Liverpool,” he explained.

“He’s always available to receive the ball on his own up there and, even if he doesn’t get a chance on goal for himself, he helps to create opportunities for us,” the 24-year old continued. “Roberto is a great guy. He has a lot of quality on the ball, and is physically very strong too.

“We’re playing together here and we know each other well, so when we’re playing for Brazil, we’re already familiar with each other’s movement. Whenever we get the chance to play or train together, it’s great that we already have that understanding.

 
 

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