Coutinho Hails Lucas Leiva’s Importance


Philippe Coutinho has outlined the importance of teammate Lucas Leiva in helping him to settle into life at Liverpool. Coutinho arrived on Merseyside in January 2013, when Lucas had already been at the club for six years.

Now the ranks are swelled by further by the 2015 arrival of Roberto Firmino. Coutinho told Liverpool’s official magazine that compatriot Lucas’ presence has been very important to his acclimatisation to England.

“Since I arrived at the club it’s been very important - it was important to have Lucas here at the time I first came as he speaks the same language as me. He’s been at Liverpool for 10 years and he’d already been here six or seven years when I joined.

“He knows the city very well, so yes it’s very important that we’ve got a group of Brazilians here and that we can speak our language to each other. That makes it very good. We bring a little bit of Brazil to Liverpool.

“At home I eat Brazilian foods, I have friends who come over to visit me and they bring things for me - typical foods from Brazil.  And of course we’ve also got very good Brazilian restaurants in this city as well.”

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