Liverpool fans have had to be patient for Coutinho to get his first start after his arrival from Inter Milan in late January, but the exciting winger showed yesterday it was worth the wait.
The Brazilian scored the Reds second in the 5-0 demolition of Swansea, early in the second half, an excellent run and striker after being set free by Luis Suarez's pass.
Swansea did give Liverpool a helping hand by fielding a weakened team, concentrating on the upcoming Capital One Cup Final, but Liverpool were excellent and unusually clinical.
It was Coutinho's second appearance in a Liverpool shirt, having previously just had 10 odd minutes or so as a substitute in the home defeat to West Brom.
His showing certainly will have got Liverpool supporters excited for the future and what he has to bring to the side, and over in his homeland he has been creating headlines too. Here's some of what the media outlets in Brazil had to say:
Terra Brazil: "The Liverpool manager, Brendan Rodgers, promoted midfielder Philippe Coutinho to his debut, the former Inter Milan player and young Brazilian did not feel the pressure and made his mark. In the second half, former the Vasco player received a beautiful pass by Suárez, dribbled past his defender and hit the shot with class. The ball still turned on goalkeeper Michel Vorm of Swansea, and was dead at the bottom of the net."
Gazetta Esportiva: "Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho, 20, showed that he has the potential to give joy to the fans of the Reds. On Sunday, he made a beautiful goal during the victory by 5-0 over Swansea. It was at the beginning of the second half, Coutinho's star shone. Receiving the ball at speed, the midfielder went even further, dribbled the mark and sent a strong kick towards goal, shaking the net for the first time with the shirt of the Reds."
Globo Esporte: "Despite talk that the former Vasco player should still take a while to get used to the new reality, the managerof Liverpool followed with his praise. Rodgers was keen to bet on the success of the player in British fields and said the technique Coutinho is something you do not see every day there."
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