Philippe Coutinho wants strong start for Liverpool next season

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The Brazil international has stated that he believes the Anfield outfit are more than good enough to finish in the top four next term.

Liverpool will need to regroup this summer after missing out on the top four, with last season’s heroics not replicated by Brendan Rodgers’ side.

The Reds suffered in the early days of the campaign following Luis Suarez’s exit, while inconsistency in recent weeks and months ended their chances of Champions League qualification.

One of the few plus points for the Merseyside powerhouses this season has been the form of Philippe Coutinho, who continues to improve at the Anfield club.

The Brazil international has stated that a slow start did not help the Reds this season but believes that his team are good enough to challenge English football’s best teams consistently in 2015-16.

“We have a very young group here,” Coutinho told The Liverpool Echo.

“For a lot of the players this was their first season in the Premier League.

“Last season a lot of new players joined the club and I know myself that it’s not easy moving to a new country.

“It took time for everyone to get used to each other this season. But we worked hard and then around the halfway point of the season things started to look up.

“We performed well and went on a good run. Unfortunately, we haven’t been able to keep that going.

“I’m sure the squad will be strengthened this summer and then the key will be to have a good pre-season. We can’t afford to start next season as slowly as we did this season. The Champions League is where we all want to be and we’ll try to achieve that next season.”

Coutinho will be a driving force in the Liverpool team next season and has steadily improved since swapping Inter Milan for Merseyside.

The Brazilian will feature for his homeland in the Copa America this summer, with the competition set to kick off in Chile in a couple of weeks’ time.

This will mean that the skilful midfielder’s pre-season preparations at Anfield could well be disrupted, with Reds fans praying that Coutinho returns after international duty without injury.

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