Liverpool Coach Brendan Rodgers confirmed yesterday that talks had taken place with Inter, and the 20-year old is rumoured to be having a medical at Liverpool today ahead of a €10m deal.
Last night, Pochettino finally admitted defeat in his pursuit of the player. He told TalkSport:
"I am not disappointed we couldn't sign him [Coutinho].
"Coutinho is a quality player, and since I arrived I knew there was a small chance we could sign him, but I haven't had much time to consider signings"
If Southampton 'couldn't sign him', then that leaves the Reds with a clear run, which means that there are no further obstacles in the way to the signing taking place. As noted a few days ago, there is still the work permit issue to consider, but if Coutinho is having a medical, then the club must have that all sewn up.
There is, however, som potentially bad news. In an interview with the BBC, Corriere dello Sport journalist Andrea Ramazzotti - who has watched all of Coutinho's 28 games for Inter Milan - sounded a note of caution over the Brazilian:
"Coutinho played very well when he was on loan at Espanyol last season, and started well for Inter this season, but they were only brief spells really. For the rest of the time he just showed flashes of his potential and I fear the way of playing in England, which can be very physical, will not suit him, because he has a slight frame."
That doesn't sound too promising. The likes of Raheem Sterling and Suso have struggled at times this season with the physicality of the Premier League, and they already have an advantage over Coutinho in that they are used to English football.
After splashing out £26m on Joe Allen and Fabio Borini (who haven't really made a massive difference to the team), and Sahin and Assaidi (who haven't worked out), Rodgers needs to start getting his transfers right.
Hopefully, Coutinho will follow Daniel Sturridge's lead and make an immediate impact.
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