Liverpool are ready to offer Philippe Coutinho a new contract to fend off interest from Barcelona, writes Neil Moxley in the Sunday People.
Brazil midfielder Coutinho has been in brilliant form this season and has caught the eye of bosses at the Nou Camp. Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo reported that Liverpool are willing to sell their No.10 for £70m.
But as per Moxley, the Reds will now offer him and Adam Lallana improved deals in the New Year.
Boss Jurgen Klopp has pledged his future to Anfield until 2022 – and he wants to see the club’s key players similarly rewarded.
Although Coutinho penned a fresh agreement only 18 months ago, Liverpool are happy to improve his terms – given the cash they’re pocketing from the new Premier league’s TV deal.
And having sold Luis Suarez to Barca two years ago, they are in no rush to see another big-name Spain drain.
The little Brazilian began the campaign with a bang, bagging a brilliant free-kick against Arsenal, and he has maintained that eye-catching form during Liverpool’s sizzling first seven games.
The 24-year-old, back in the Brazil national squad, is currently one of the hottest players in the Premier League.
Lallana, Coutinho’s partner in crime in the Liverpool attack, is scheduled to have two years left to run on his contract at the end of the season.
After a sticky first season following a move from Southampton, the England international is currently producing his best football since he became one of Brendan Rodgers’ first signings.
Another player in line for a raise is Dejan Lovren.
The Croatian defender will have two seasons to run on his current deal in the New Year.
Lovren has overcome personal problems to become the mainstay of the Anfield giants’ back four this season.