Philippe Coutinho has finally committed his long-term future to Liverpool, after signing the biggest contract in the club’s history.
The Brazilian, who has become a key figure in Jurgen Klopp’s squad, has agreed on a deal worth more than £200,000-a-week, which will tie him down with the Merseysiders until 2022.
Coutinho joined Liverpool four years ago from Inter Milan, and his performances over the past two seasons have alerted some of the elite clubs of Europe like Barcelona and PSG, but he is well settled in Merseyside with his young family, and has a healthy relationship with Jurgen Klopp.
Barcelona were heavily linked with him at the beginning of the season, while Brazil legend Ronaldo wanted him to join Real Madrid. But interestingly, there is no such release clause in this new contract.
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.”
The new deal is certainly a huge moment for Liverpool, as they are well aware of how coveted Coutinho has become, along with the fact that they are not in the Champions League – the stage he always dreams to be on.
There has been a peculiar trend in the last decade of top performers such as Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano, Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez and, most recently, Raheem Sterling, all leaving to seek better opportunities in their careers.
However, Coutinho is only too happy to sign new terms, and talks between his representatives and Liverpool went smoothly throughout.