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Liverpool sign midfielder Coutinho

Liverpool have completed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Philippe Coutinho from Internazionale on a long-term contract, the club has announced. The transfer fee was undisclosed, but was thought to be around £8.5m.

It’s a very important step in my career and I’m expecting to come here and play good football to give my contribution on the pitch,” Coutinho said on Liverpool’s website.

Liam Brady is to leave his role at Arsenal’s youth academy in May 2014.

The 56-year-old former Republic of Ireland midfielder took over as Arsenal’s head of youth development and academy director in July 1996.

The Arsenal chief executive, Ivan Gazidis, said: “Liam has a deep understanding of what it takes to discover and develop a talented youngster into someone who can perform at the highest level.

“It will be difficult to find a worthy successor but we will be looking for someone who can build on what Liam and his team have created.”

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