Having arrived at Liverpool in January of 2013, Philippe Coutinho is preparing for his fifth season in red, making him one of the club’s most experienced and longest-serving current players. It can seem a rather odd situation for a player who can still sometimes seem so young.
In part, that’s because he is. Coutinho, despite how long he’s played for Liverpool and, before that, Inter Milan and Espanyol, is still only 24 years old. He’s one of the club’s more experienced players, but he’s also still one of its youngest stars and starters, and he’s looking to take another big step forward this season.
"I don’t think I am an experienced player because I am always trying to learn from every player and every coach in the squad," said Liverpool’s Brazilian playmaker. "The time has passed very quickly since I moved to Liverpool and I am very happy. Now we have some new players and let’s see what happens this season.
"Sometimes I will watch my performance after a game and I will look at what I can do better and improve. And, yes, of course I can still improve. I always want to be better and to improve. I am here to learn more things and make my game better to help my teammates. I think I can improve on everything in my game."
Liverpool’s number ten has already logged 145 appearances for the club, and another 40 would be a safe bet for the 2016-17 season where he will look to improve on the 12 goals and seven assists of 2015-16. It was a solid return—a goal or assist every 169 minutes in all competitions—but Coutinho knows he can do more.
He’s also hoping that after a few nearly moments in domestic and European cup competitions last season, this will be the year when Liverpool take those lessons learned from their past disappointments, to use them to build out the foundation for silverware and success in the campaign that’s about to kick off.
"Last season we had some opportunities but couldn’t take them," added Coutinho. "That has made us stronger, and now we are hungry to win titles and to be able to fight."