PHILIPPE COUTINHO set his sights on helping Liverpool to win silverware after completing his £8.5million move from Inter Milan.
The Brazilian midfielder penned a long-term deal after being granted his work permit yesterday.
Coutinho has been handed the No 10 shirt at Anfield and is relishing the prospect of making his mark in the Premier League.
“I’m feeling very happy. This is a very important step in my career,” he said.
“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 have showed this interest so I know they believe in me and my football
“It’s a club whose fans are always supporting. It’s a great club accustomed to victories and with a lot of good stories in football and I’m hoping to get here and add some more.
“Win titles and important qualifications – that’s what I hope to do at Liverpool.”
The skilful 20-year-old, who can play in central midfield, out wide or in the No 10 role, is convinced he will be able to handle the physical demands of English football.
Coutinho took advice from fellow Brazilian Lucas Leiva before opting to join the Reds.
“I’ve been talking to Lucas for some time and he said good things about Liverpool,” he added.
“I’m a player who likes to make moves and to play along with the attack, passing as well as scoring. I like dribbling and playing near to the box - that is a strength I have.
“I’m excited to come and start to train with the team and be available to the manager. I’ve been playing in Italy for two-and-a-half years and I believe I will adapt with ease here.
“I’m coming here very keen to help the club with my moves and scoring goals to put Liverpool at the top. I’m happy to be signing with a great club.”
Liverpool finally agreed a fee with Inter after a week of lengthy negotiations and Reds managing director Ian Ayre says there was ‘strong competition’ for his signature.
“We’re always delighted when we get the players we go after,” Ayre said.
“It has been a successful transfer window for us, coming off the back of acquiring Daniel Sturridge from Chelsea and now Philippe from Inter Milan. I think that bodes well for us for the rest of the season and the future.
“He’s obviously a very young player but has already proved himself in the Brazilian under-19s, under-20s and one senior cap. He has been a really important player for them and now for us.
“The most important thing is that he gets settled with training, the backroom staff get him involved and then get him on the pitch as soon as possible.
“We certainly fought off strong competition from others. In the early parts of discussions, I know Inter Milan were reluctant.
“But we did some good work, the whole team that work around this got involved and I’m pleased to say we secured him.”