Liverpool’s Brazilian forward Philippe Coutinho has agreed to a new five-year deal, thought to be worth £150,000 a week, making him the biggest earner at the club.
The Brazilian International joined Liverpool in 2013 from Italian Giants Inter Milan for £8.5 million, during the January transfer window, and has gone on to score 34 goals in 163 appearances for the club. Other speculation regarding the contract is that there is no release clause written into the new deal, which will take effect as of July 1st this year.
Coutinho has established himself as one of the club’s most instrumental players during the last four years, since ex manager Brendon Rodgers beat off competition from Southampton to bring him to Anfield. Prior to his recent ankle injury, he had scored 6 goals in 14 appearances this season, helping Liverpool to set up a challenge for the Premier League title.
On announcing the deal, Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp said: “We have total belief in our project, but when a player of Phil's calibre and status commits for this length of time, it shows that our faith is shared throughout the game. He knows he can fulfil his dreams and ambitions here at Liverpool. This is a big statement!”
The news of this long term deal will not go down well over in Europe, as Spanish Champions Barcelona are among a group of clubs who have been rumoured to be extremely interested in the Liverpool star.