Philippe Coutinho has committed his future to Liverpool by signing a new long-term contract.
What are the details?
The Merseyside club announced the news on Wednesday morning, confirming that the fresh terms will come into effect on July 1.
The Mirror reports that Jurgen Klopp’s best player has signed a five-year deal and has become the highest-paid member of the Liverpool squad.
The publication adds that there is no buyout clause in the deal, which makes it harder for the likes of Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain to snatch him from Anfield’s clutches.
After putting pen to paper, Coutinho, who joined the Reds from Inter Milan in 2013 for a reported £8.5m fee, told the club’s official website:
“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.”
Klopp also believes that the Brazilian’s commitment to the Reds warns competitors that the club are heading for success.
“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.”
Why keeping Coutinho is huge for Liverpool.
Since moving to Merseyside, the Brazilian has become an influential part of the team, and he is growing into a player that has the ability to win games on his own.
This season, Coutinho suffered an injury blow in November, which kept him on the sidelines nursing his ankle during the hectic festive schedule.
The 24-year-old’s absence was heavily felt, particularly as he had scored six goals and provided five assists in all competitions before his injury.
As the graphic shows below, Coutinho has made as many goals as he has scored, with 34 going into the back of the net and 35 helped along with his assists.
The attacking player has been improving over the seasons, with his best goal return (12) coming in the 2015-16 campaign.
The statistics speak for themselves, but the most crucial part of this news is that there is reportedly no release clause in the deal.
Some fans may have felt sceptical after the Luis Suarez saga, in which the Uruguayan left the club for Barcelona seven months after he penned a new long-term deal at Anfield.
In this case, though, not having a buyout agreement means that any potential suitors for Coutinho would have to break the bank, particularly as he is now tied to Liverpool until 2022.