Coutinho close to agreeing new Liverpool contract

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho is close to signing a contract extension which would see him remain at the club until at least the summer of 2019, according to the Daily Mail.

The Brazilian still has three and-a-half years remaining on his current contract, but Liverpool are keen to ensure his long-term commitment by offering improved terms. Discussions have been ongoing for a few weeks, and it is believed that the two parties are not far away from reaching an agreement.

He was brought to Anfield from Inter back in January 2013 and soon made an impact, forcing his way into the first team and then becoming a key part of the side that came so close to winning the Premier League title last season. Overall for Liverpool, Coutinho has made 78 appearances in all competitions, scoring 10 goals.

This time around, he has recently returned to his best form after manager Brendan Rodgers began to play him as part of a front three, and the Northern Irishman had high praise for Coutinho’s performance last time out against Chelsea. ‘He was outstanding the other night,’ he said.

‘It was a difficult start to the season for him because if you think of Phil Coutinho, he has that bit of magic to make the key pass in the final third and combines with people ahead of him so well.

‘We had to look at how to bring out the best in all our players, and once he’s had mobility, energy and speed around him, it’s lifted his game. He’s a class act, and he’s still got so much growth and development to undertake here.’

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