Philippe Coutinho has committed his future to Liverpool after agreeing on a new five-year deal that will run until the summer of 2022. The new contract will see the Brazilian’s wages significantly bolstered to £150,000 a week, making him the highest paid player at the club.
Signed from Inter Milan in January of 2013 for an astonishing £8.5m, no Reds fan can have any complaints about the 24-year-old’s new deal such has been his importance to the team. He has emerged as Liverpool’s standout player since the depature of striker Luiz Suarez to Barcelona, ironically who Coutinho has been heavily linked with, and continued that form heading into this season. 5 goals and 5 assists in 13 starts shows how consistent he has been and his six-week injury lay-off with ankle ligament damage was a massive miss for the Anfield club in their bid to win that first elusive Premier League title.
It is a club that I am very grateful to and this shows my happiness here. I signed this new contract to stay here for a few more years because it’s a great honour for me.
The Brazilian international’s contract will not include a release clause, much to the relieve of many Liverpool fans, and everyone associated with the club is delighted with the news and Coutinho was quick to thank the fans. “It gives me great happiness because I was welcomed here with open arms by everybody at the club and the supporters right from my first day.”
Jurgen Klopp believes that Coutinho’s decision to sign a new long-term contract sends out a “big statement.” The German manager was quick to sing the praises of his prized asset:
He is truly world class – in that very top bracket. He knows he can fulfil his dreams and ambitions here at Liverpool.
With Coutinho penned down for the next five years, the club will now turn their attentions to rewarding former Southampton duo Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren with new deals expected to be wrapped up within the next few weeks.