Major breakthrough: Attacker to sign Liverpool contract, deal worth £200,000-a-week - report
By Dominic Toner
Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho is set to agree a new contract at Anfield after a breakthrough in talks, according to a report.
The Mirror claim that the 24-year-old will sign a new five-and-a-half year deal and could match the £200,000-a-week sum that former player Luis Suarez was on, which is the highest in Liverpool history.
It is understood that talks are ongoing and are expected to be completed shortly after the club’s EFL Cup semi-final second leg against Southampton on Wednesday.
The report details that there will be no buy-out clause in Coutinho’s deal and that will put an end to Barcelona’s pursuit of the Brazilian.
Jurgen Klopp has previously snubbed Barcelona’s £60million interest and looks set to secure the long-term future of his talisman.
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Coutinho is playing a starring role in the Merseyside club’s current season, scoring six goals and supplying seven assists in 18 appearances.
The attacker is currently playing a left wing position and has formed a great partnership with team-mate Roberto Firmino.
He has made a total of 163 appearances for Liverpool and has the potential to become a legend at the club.
Football Insider verdict:
If there is any current Liverpool player that deserves to become the club’s joint-highest paid player ever then it’s certainly Coutinho. The Brazilian has become a firm favourite since he moved to Anfield in 2013 from Inter Milan. He is one of the leading players in the club’s bid for the title and adds the extra bit of quality to the squad. His link to Barcelona proves that he is world-class and Liverpool need players of Coutinho’s calibre if they are to compete at the highest level. He is a perfect fit under manager Jurgen Klopp and the pair could certainly be the driving force behind the club’s first ever Premier League title in years to come.
In other Liverpool transfer news, the club’s key midfielder is prepared to quit the club.