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January 25, 2017
Philippe Coutinho signed a new five-year deal with Liverpool on Wednesday that will keep him at Anfield until 2022.
His previous contract was already set to run until 2020, but the Reds have now tied one of their most important players to extended terms.
Liverpool confirmed the announcement of Brazilian Coutinho’s new deal:
Liverpool FC @LFC
✍🏻 It’s the news you’ve been waiting for…
🇧🇷 @Phil_Coutinho has signed a new deal with the club!
📰 Read more: https://t.co/SC3OdLiGre https://t.co/QjxLG3zj03
1/25/2017, 7:58:09 AM
James Pearce of the Liverpool Echo supplied further details:
James Pearce @JamesPearceEcho
Philippe Coutinho has signed new five-year contract. Makes him club’s highest wage earner on around 150k per week. No release clause. #LFC
1/25/2017, 8:01:28 AM
Per James Carroll for the Reds’ official website, Coutinho said:
I am very happy to sign a new contract here. It is a club that I am very grateful to and this shows my happiness here. I will work much harder to repay the belief shown in me.
I signed this new contract to stay here for a few more years because it’s a great honour for me. It gives me great happiness because I was welcomed here with open arms by everyone at the club and the supporters right from my first day. I am very thankful to this football club for everything.
Coutinho putting pen to paper should end long-term speculation linking him with a move to Barcelona, Real Madrid or Paris Saint-Germain, at least for the time being, per Sport‘s Lluis Miguelsanz.
The former Inter Milan playmaker is a huge asset at Liverpool, and it will be a relief to many at the club that he has made a further commitment.
Football writer Jack Lusby and Fox Sports’ Keith Costigan highlighted the importance of the deal:
Jack Lusby @jacklusby_
That trio of positives stands as a real statement from Liverpool (conveniently) during their lowest point in the season. Morale-booster.
1/24/2017, 10:53:59 PM
keith costigan @KeithCostigan
Let’s hope the Coutinho news is the start of a very good day for #LFC Massive game today.
1/25/2017, 8:31:06 AM
Meanwhile, OptaFranz offered some insight into why he was handed a new contract:
8 – Under the reign of Jürgen #Klopp at @LFC, @Phil_Coutinho (8) scored the most goals from outside the box. Contract. #littlemagician https://t.co/nkteNkhfFy
1/25/2017, 8:24:57 AM
Bleacher Report UK advised caution in reading too much into the deal, however:
Bleacher Report UK @br_uk
BREAKING: Philippe Coutinho signs new Liverpool deal, keeping him at the club until 2022 https://t.co/TW5QNgWTGb
1/25/2017, 8:13:17 AM
Bleacher Report UK @br_uk
December 2013: Luis Suarez signs long-term Liverpool deal
July 2014: Luis Suarez leaves Liverpool for Barcelona
1/25/2017, 8:57:43 AM
Since moving to Anfield from Inter in 2013, Coutinho has won two player-of-the-year awards at the club—for 2014-15 and 2015-16—and continues to be excellent under manager Jurgen Klopp in the current campaign.
He has been a key part of Liverpool’s fine form in 2016-17—which sees them lying fourth in the Premier League table—netting five goals and providing five assists in 15 appearances, per WhoScored.com.
Alongside Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino, Coutinho is part of one of the most devastating attacking trios in the Premier League.
His contributions in matches are consistently significant as he is capable of scoring and setting up match-winning goals.
Unlike with Suarez, the Reds will be hoping Coutinho’s decision to sign a new deal is an indication that he is committed to Liverpool for the long term, a huge boost for the Reds and their prospects of winning silverware in the near future.