Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool FC on Wednesday announced that playmaker Philippe Coutinho has committed his future to the club after signing a new long-term contract.

The Brazilian is said to have agreed a deal worth around £150,000 a week for five years, making him the highest-paid player at the club.

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Philippe Coutinho joined the Reds in January 2013 from Inter Milan for £8.5m as another promising Brazilian who fell short of expectation.

The 24-year-old soon blossomed under the stewardship of Brendan Rodgers, and now Jurgen Klopp, to becoming a fulcrum in the team’s attack.

He has scored 34 goals in 163 appearances for Liverpool.

Philippe Coutinho

”Ever since my arrival here, I was welcomed with open arms by the supporters and everyone at this football club.”

“This is an important factor that carries weight when you decide to remain here for a longer period and this did have a lot of weight when I thought about the renewal of my contract. I can only thank every supporter for their faith in me. I really hope to repay them. I will do my very best on the pitch to create assists for my team-mates and score goals for us to try and win trophies and titles.”

Manager Jurgen Klopp called it a ”big statement” by the club to extend Philippe Coutinho’s stay with a contract that does not contain a release clause.

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Klopp said:

“This is wonderful news.

“He is truly world class – in that very top bracket. He knows he can fulfill his dreams and ambitions here at Liverpool.”

”The fact he wants to stay here and be part of what we are looking to build and develop shows his personal commitment is to make himself better and be an integral part of something that is very special. 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.”