|Date of Birth||
12 June 1992
|Place of Birth||
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
1.72 m (5'8")
Philippe Coutinho Correia (born 12 June 1992) is a Brazilian international footballer who played as an attacking midfielder for Liverpool From 2013 to 2018. He joined the club from Inter Milan in January 2013 for a fee of £8,500,000. Coutinho's flair, imaginative play and technical abilities endeared him to the club's supporters from early on in his Liverpool career, with him popularly nicknamed "The Little Magician." Although he failed to win any silverware with the Reds, he was widely regarded as one of the best transfers Liverpool made under the management of Brendan Rodgers, with Coutinho a recipient of the fan-voted Standard Chartered Player of the Month award on twelve occasions. With Coutinho's reputation gaining momentum in the 2014-15 season, the Brazilian put pen-to-paper on a new long-term contract at Liverpool on 3 February 2015. Following Jurgen Klopp’s arrival at the club, Coutinho underwent massive improvement, and was regarded as a world class player by most fans. Coutinho signed another long-term deal in 2017, but just months later expressed his desire to leave the club, eventually leaving for Barcelona in January 2018.
Coutinho made the switch to Liverpool from Inter Milan on 30 January 2013. In a long-running transfer saga in which Liverpool had to beat off competition from Southampton, Liverpool agreed a fee with Inter reported by English media to be in the region of £8,500,000, however Italian media insist the deal is in excess of £10,000,000. Southampton had reportedly been prepared to pay Inter a higher fee for Coutinho, however Coutinho insisted he was only interested in joining Liverpool. The official signing of Coutinho was delayed by some days as Coutinho required a work permit from the UK Home Office.
Coutinho took up the recently-vacated number 10 shirt at Anfield, last worn by Joe Cole. Upon signing, Coutinho enthused: "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. 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."
Coutinho made his debut in a home League game against West Brom on 11 February 2013 as a substitute. Unfortunately it would not be an occasion to remember as the Reds disappointingly lost 2-0. Coutinho made his full debut the following Sunday in a home League tie against Swansea. In a lively performance, he netted his first Liverpool goal shortly after half time. After embarking on a run through the Swansea defence, he took a shot from the edge of the area that crept under keeper Michel Vorm into the back of the net. Liverpool went on to win 5-0, with Coutinho playing the first 60 minutes. On 2 March 2013, Coutinho made his second start for the Reds in an away tie against Wigan, and produced two assists- first a cross for Stewart Downing and then a through-ball for Luis Suarez, before being substituted after 70 minutes in a 4-0 win.
Coutinho continued his impressive start to life at Anfield on 16 March 2013 with a goal in a league tie away to Southampton. The goal came on the stroke of half-time with Liverpool trailing 2-0, with Coutinho slotting in a loose ball in the box into the bottom corner. Unfortunately the game was to finish 3-1 to Southampton, but Coutinho completed his first 90 minutes in a Liverpool shirt and was awarded the Liverpoolfc.com journalist's man-of-the-match award. Coutinho added another assist to his name in Liverpool's next game- a 2-1 win away to Aston Villa- as his impressive through-ball from the left flank put Jordan Henderson through on goal to chip the Villa 'keeper. Coutinho continued to receive numerous plaudits post-match for his vision and technique, and he himself spoke of how well he felt he had settled into his new life at Liverpool. His fine form culminated in him being voted the Liverpool player of the month for March 2013 by the Liverpool fans.
On 27 April 2013, Coutinho played a starring role in Liverpool's 6-0 win away at Newcastle. Although he failed to get on the scoresheet himself, he provided two assists for his teammates- first for Daniel Sturridge to score Liverpool's third, and then winning the free kick from which Jordan Henderson netted the sixth. He was also heavily involved in the build up play to Henderson's first goal of the match as Newcastle struggled to cope with the young Brazilian's pace, technique and vision. Coutinho earned rave reviews for his performance, and largely based on the strength of this game, he was voted Standard Chartered player of the month for the second month in succession.
Coutinho added two more assists to his name on 12 May 2013 in an away 3-1 win over Fulham. His first assist was a shot that deflected into the path of Daniel Sturridge to put Liverpool 2-1 up, and his second was an impressive lob through the Fulham back four with the outside of his boot to again put Sturridge through on goal to complete the scoring. Coutinho then rounded off the season in Liverpool's final game, on 19 May 2013 at home to QPR, by netting the only game of the game. In the 23rd minute, debutant Jordon Ibe teed up Coutinho to fire a powerful shot low into the bottom corner from distance.
Coutinho made a steady start to the 2013-14 season, however on 16 September 2013, he was taken off injured with a shoulder injury in an away match against Swansea. He made his comeback on 2 November 2013, as a second half substitute in a 2-0 away defeat to Arsenal. On 23 November 2013, Coutinho started in the Merseyside Derby and opened the scoring just five minutes into the game, controlling a flick on from a Steven Gerrard corner and poking the ball into the net. His next goal came on 26 December 2013 in an away tie with Manchester City. He slotted in at a tight angle to give Liverpool the lead, however the Reds went on to lose the match 2-1. Coutinho produced a much-lauded display on 28 January 2014, as he helped his side claim a 4-0 win over Everton in the 222nd Merseyside Derby. On 8 February 2014, he again produced an impressive display as Liverpool dispatched League leaders Arsenal 5-1 at Anfield. He was commended for his all-round midfield and defensive performance, whilst also contributing to the attacking play and providing an assist for Daniel Sturridge, with a long-range through ball. Four days later, Coutinho scored his third goal of the season, curling it in with his weaker foot from outside the box for the equaliser at Fulham. The match ended 3-2 to Liverpool.
On 22 March 2014, Coutinho claimed two assists as Liverpool fought back from 1-0 and 2-1 down to beat Cardiff 6-3 at the Cardiff City Stadium. On 30 March 2014, he netted his fourth goal of the season, collecting a pass from Jon Flanagan before firing a low shot from distance into the far corner of the net. This goal helped Liverpool claim a 4-0 home win over Tottenham. He then scored again on 13 April 2014, firing the winner in Liverpool's 3-2 victory over Man City at Anfield, in what was being billed as a potential title decider. From a throw-in, City captain Vincent Kompany sliced a clearance into the centre of the box, and Coutinho fired a snapshot low past Joe Hart.
On 11 May 2014, Coutinho made his 50th appearance for Liverpool, coming on as a second half substitute in Liverpool's end of season clash with Newcastle. The Reds won 2-1, however they finished the season as runners-up to Man City.
Coutinho was widely regarded as one of Liverpool's stand-out performers in their 2014-15 pre-season, however he struggled to replicate this form in the club's early season competitive fixtures. On 19 October 2014 however, he came off the bench to claim a starring role in Liverpool's 3-2 away win over QPR. In the 90th minute, with the score tied at 1-1, Coutinho collected the ball from Raheem Sterling, dribbled past a number of QPR players in the box before slotting the ball into the far corner of the net. QPR quickly equalised, however in the dying moments, Coutinho threaded a through-ball that put Sterling through on goal, and his ball across the box was put into his own net by Rangers centre back Steven Caulker to hand Liverpool a dramatic three points. Coutinho's improved form earned him the Standard Chartered Player of the Month award for October 2014.
Coutinho next scored on 21 December 2014, opening the scoring in Liverpool's 2-2 home draw with Arsenal. With the game nearing half time, Coutinho jinked his way to the edge of the box before placing a low shot off the far post into the net.
On 26 December 2014, Coutinho assisted the only goal of the game as his lofted flick put Raheem Sterling through on goal to net away to Burnley. Coutinho again provided an assist- this time for Adam Lallana- in the Reds' next game, a home tie against Swansea on 29 December 2014 to help his team seal a 4-1 win. Coutinho's good form in December brought him a fourth Standard Chartered Player of the Month award.
Coutinho continued to impress and on 31 January 2015, he assisted both Liverpool goals as the Reds beat West Ham 2-0 at Anfield. His continued good form brought him a second consecutive Player of the Month award. On 3 February 2015, Liverpool announced that they had secured Coutinho to a new long term contract, reportedly running until 2020. Upon signing, Coutinho enthused "I'm really happy. It's a dream come true playing for this great club and being part of this squad." Manager Brendan Rodgers added "I'm delighted Philippe has committed his long-term future; he’ll be a big part of our story in the years to come."
A day later, Coutinho celebrated by scoring a 90th minute winner in Liverpool's 2-1 away win over Bolton in the FA Cup. Receiving the ball on the edge of the area, Coutinho struck a shot that appeared to take a deflection off a Bolton player and looped high onto the underside of the crossbar, into the net.
Coutinho next scored on 22 February 2015 in Liverpool's 2-0 win away to Southampton. In just the third minute of the match, Coutinho received the ball from Lazar Markovic thirty yards from goal and struck an effort that went in off the underside of the crossbar- a goal widely celebrated as a goal-of-the-season contender.
Coutinho achieved a similar feat in Liverpool's next Premier League game, scoring the winner in the Reds' 2-1 win at home to Manchester City. In the 75th minute, Coutinho received the ball from Raheem Sterling before striking a long range effort that beat keeper Joe Hart and found the far corner of the net. Coutinho earned his third straight Standard Chartered Player of the Month award, collecting the February 2015 prize.
On 8 April 2015, Coutinho scored the winning goal in the FA Cup quarter-final at Blackburn, playing a one-two with Jordan Henderson, allowing the Brazilian to run into the box and smash the ball into the far corner. Just over a week later, he opened the scoring in the semi-final. However, the Reds lost 2-1 at Wembley. On 2 May 2015, Coutinho played a match winning performance in a 2-1 win over QPR. Firstly, he opened the scoring with a curling shot from inside the box, and then he took the corner from which Steven Gerrard headed in the winner.
Coutinho was widely considered the Reds' best player in the 2014-15 season, and this showed at the official club awards ceremony, in which the Brazilian was named both Fans Player of the Season and Players' Player of the Season. He was also named in the PFA Team of the Season.
On 9 August 2015, Coutinho started in the Red's opening Premier League game, a 1-0 win at Stoke. The Brazilian scored the winning goal after picking the ball up from Joe Gomez and turning past Jon Walters before firing the ball into the top right corner from 30 yards. On 29 August 2015, Coutinho was sent off for the first time in his career, picking up two yellow cards in a 3-0 defeat at home to West Ham. Despite this, he was still voted the Liverpool Player of the Month for August.
On 26 September 2015, Coutinho picked up two assists in a 3-2 win over Aston Villa. The first was a simple ball into the path of James Milner, who controlled it well and fired it in from the edge of the area. The second was a lovely backheel to Daniel Sturridge in the penalty area, who poked it into the far corner.
Coutinho started each of Jurgen Klopp's opening three games, but failed to show the form that he had earlier in the season. This led to him being rested for a League Cup tie against Bournemouth. On 31 October 2015, Coutinho started in a 3-1 win against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, and put in a much better performance, scoring his first brace for Liverpool, with two goals from the edge of the box. The first was a curling effort after he had cleverly turned past Ramires, and the second took a deflection after some cool ball control. Eight days later, Coutinho scored his 20th goal for the club, in a 2-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace. Coutinho finished coolly inside the box after a lovely flick from Adam Lallana fell to him.
In his next game, a 4-1 win away to Man City, Coutinho continued his good form, netting Liverpool's second of the night, finishing coolly after an incisive through ball from Roberto Firmino. Later in the game, Coutinho assisted Firmino with a simple square ball in the box.
On 9 February 2016, Coutinho made a goalscoring return after over a month out, netting a clever freekick, placing the ball under the wall to equalise against West Ham. He was however, on the losing side as the Hammers scored a winner in the final minute of extra time. Coutinho kept his starting place at the weekend, and picked up two assists in a 6-0 win at Aston Villa. The first was a very good cross to pick out Daniel Sturridge's head, and the second was a clever throughball to put Divock Origi one vs one. On 28 February 2016, Coutinho scored Liverpool's equaliser in the 2016 League Cup Final, finishing coolly with less than ten minutes remaining. However, the Brazilian went on to have a poor penalty saved in the shootout, and the Reds lost it 3-1 to Manchester City.
On 17 March 2016, Coutinho scored his first European goal for the club. The Brazilian picked it up on the left wing and skipped past the Manchester United right back, before moving towards the goal and chipping David De Gea at his near post. The goal equalised for Liverpool, and gave them a crucial away goal, allowing them to progress into the quarter-finals of the Europa League. Three days later, Coutinho opened the scoring with a fantastic curling effort from the edge of the box. He wasn't on the winning side however, in a 3-2 defeat at Southampton. This was his 9th goal of the season, the most he'd ever scored in a season for the club.
Coutinho's good form continued on 2 April 2016, as he opened the scoring with his 10th goal of the season, after some good linkup play with him and Daniel Sturridge, in a 1-1 draw against Tottenham. On 14 April 2016, Coutinho netted another long range effort- this time a low powerful strike into the bottom corner, in a 4-3 win over Borussia Dortmund. This was the Reds' second goal, and gave them hope that at 3-2 down, they could still go on to win the game. Coutinho also assisted Mamadou Sakho's equaliser from a corner. On 20 April 2016, Coutinho scored Liverpool's fourth in a 4-0 thrashing of Everton in the 226th Merseyside Derby, with a trademark cut inside before bending it into the corner.
After another fantastic season for the Reds, Coutinho picked up a quartet of awards at the Liverpool F.C. Award Ceremony. Coutinho received 'Player of the Year', 'Players' Player of the Year', and 'Goal of the Season' for the second year running, and was also awarded the 'Performance of the Year' for his dominating display in the 4-1 win over Manchester City.
On 14 August 2016, Coutinho started and netted a brace in Liverpool's 4-3 win away to Arsenal. With the Reds trailing 1-0 on the verge of half time, Coutinho scored an exquisite free kick which was rifled in the top corner, giving Liverpool momentum to take into the second half. His second was a quality close range finish after a very hard cross from Nathaniel Clyne. On 16 September 2016, Coutinho made his 150th appearance for Liverpool, and assisted Dejan Lovren's opener in a 2-1 win at Chelsea.
Four days later, Coutinho scored his third goal of the season, with a quality finish from the edge of the area to double Liverpool's lead in a 3-0 win at Derby. On 24 September 2016, Coutinho scored for the second game running, a trademark strike into the top corner from distance to net Liverpool's fourth in a 5-1 win over Hull City. Coutinho also assisted Adam Lallana's effort in that game. On 22 October 2016, Coutinho netted the winner in a 2-1 win over West Brom, faking a cross to take two defenders out of the game before smashing it in low at the near post. A week later, Coutinho picked up two assists in a 4-2 win at Crystal Palace. The Brazilian's form led to him being named Standard Chartered Player of the Month for the 11th occasion.
In the next game at home to Watford, Coutinho continued his excellent form, scoring the Reds' second with a trademark strike from long range. He also assisted Sadio Mane's opener with a fine cross. On 26 November 2016, Coutinho started in Liverpool's 2-0 win over Sunderland. Around half an hour in however, Coutinho picked up an ankle injury, and had to be stretchered off, with initial suggestions saying he would be out for quite a while.
On 25 January 2017, it was confirmed that Coutinho had signed a new five year contract with the club, making him the club's highest earner. On 28 February 2017, Coutinho scored his first goal since November, with a well placed finish being one of the only bright parts of a 3-1 defeat to Leicester.
After a run of quite poor form for the Brazilian, he put in a man-of-the-match performance in the 228th Merseyside Derby. Coutinho gave the Reds a 2-1 lead after an exceptional run from the middle of the pitch into the box, before curling the ball round the keeper into the far corner. He also assisted Divock Origi's effort with a fine throughball. Four days later, Coutinho made it 1-1 in an eventual 2-2 draw with Bournemouth. The Brazilian made it three from three in his next game, after coming on as a substitute Coutinho equalised with a fine finish in an eventual 2-1 win at Stoke, making him the highest Brazilian scorer in Premier League history with 30.
On 23 April 2017, Coutinho reached 10 league goals in a campaign for the first time in his career, scoring a peach of a free-kick in an eventual 2-1 defeat at home to Crystal Palace. On 14 May, the Brazilian started in a deeper, number 8 role away to West Ham. Coutinho scored two goals, and assisted Daniel Sturridge to earn a vital 4-0 win in the hunt for a Champions League place. On the final day of the season, Coutinho netted a free-kick to score Liverpool's second in an eventual 3-0 win over Middlesbrough, securing a fourth place finish. This was his 14th goal of the season, making him Liverpool's top scorer for the campaign.
After constant reports linking Coutinho with a move to Barcelona throughout the summer, on 11 August 2017 the Liverpool ownership announced that the Brazilian would not be sold under any circumstances. Later that day however, reports began to come in that Coutinho had handed in a transfer request. Coutinho missed the first month of the season, with Jurgen Klopp stating that he had a back injury.
Coutinho finally made his first appearance of the season on 13 September, coming on in a 2-2 draw with Sevilla in the Champions League. The Brazilian scored his first goal of the season with a stunning free-kick in a 3-2 win at Leicester, whilst also assisting Mohamed Salah's opening goal. He followed this up with goals in Liverpool's next two games, both 1-1 draws vs Spartak Moscow and Newcastle. On 17 October, Coutinho scored in his fourth away game in a row, in a 7-0 win at Maribor in the Champions League.
Coutinho returned after three weeks out through injury on 18 November, picking up a goal and an assist in a 3-0 Win over Southampton. Two weeks later, Coutinho put in a dominating display in a 5-1 win at Brighton. The Brazilian assisted goals from Emre Can and Roberto Firmino, as well as a Lewis Dunk own-goal. He also scored a goal for himself, with a free-kick well placed underneath the wall.
On 6 December 2017, Coutinho captained Liverpool in a competitive match for the first time. He marked the occasion Sith hs first hat-trick for the club, a penalty, as well as two finishes from the edge of the box against Spartak Moscow to confirm the Reds’ qualification for the knock-out stages of the Champions League. The second goal was also Coutinho’s 50th goal for Liverpool. On 17 December, Coutinho opened the scoring with a wonderful solo goal in a 4-0 win at Bournemouth, whilst also assisting Roberto Firmino’s effort. Five days later, Coutinho scored his first headed goal for the club, with a looping effort over the head of Petr Cech to open the scoring in a 3-3 draw away to Arsenal. On 26 December, Coutinho scored for the third game in a row, smashing the Reds into the lead from 30 yards in a 5-0 win over Swansea, which was the Brazilian’s 200th game for the club. This goal turned out to be his last for the club, as he made just one more appearance before massive interest from Barcelona returned.
On 6 January 2018, it was confirmed that a deal had been agreed for Coutinho to join Barcelona, for a reported fee of £142,000,000, making him the second most expensive footballer of all time. Two days later Coutinho finished his medical, and the deal was completed.
Coutinho made 201 appearances in just under five years at the club, netting 54 goals.
- Liverpool F.C. Young Player of the Year: 1 (2012-13)
- Standard Chartered Player of the Month: 12 (March 2013, April 2013, October 2014, December 2014, January 2015, February 2015, April 2015, August 2015, November 2015, March 2016, October 2016, April 2017)
- PFA Team of the Year: 1 (2014-15)
- Liverpool Player of the Season: 2 (2014-15, 2015-16)
- Liverpool Players' Player of the Season: 2 (2014-15, 2015-16)
- Liverpool Goal of the Season: 2 (2014-15: vs. Southampton 22 February 2015, 2015-16: vs. Manchester Utd 17 March 2016)
- Liverpool Performance of the Year: 1 (2015-16: vs. Manchester City 21 November 2016
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