Liverpool will reportedly offer star midfielder Philippe Coutinho a new contract to stave off renewed interest from Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City.
That’s according to Paul Hetherington of the Daily Star Sunday, who has suggested the Brazil international “will return to the Liverpool side after his injury as the most wanted player in the world.”
It’s stated in the piece that as well as interest from PSG and Barcelona, City are considering a move for Coutinho as they seek to secure a long-term replacement for star midfielder David Silva. However, Liverpool would reportedly hold out for a world-record fee of £90 million before selling their key creator.
In the meantime, it’s noted Liverpool want to make the Brazilian their top earner and offer him a weekly salary of £150,000. With five goals and five assists in the Premier League already this term, it’s a status he would have undoubtedly earned at Anfield.
Currently on the sidelines with injury, Coutinho was one of the standout players in the division before his layoff, helping the Reds cement their status as thoroughbred title challengers. Indeed, aside from his superb dribbling and inventive passing, these numbers from Squawka Football show how important Coutinho is off the ball to Liverpool:
Most tackles won in the final third in the Premier League this season:
Philippe Coutinho (6)
Alexis Sanchez (6)
Danny Drinkwater (5) pic.twitter.com/27AipX2rAV
— Squawka Football (@Squawka) December 16, 2016
That’s why it’d be a huge surprise to see Liverpool look to sell the midfield star. He agreed a five-year deal at Anfield in 2015, meaning his status is secured, and Coutinho looks to be content with life on Merseyside under the smart stewardship of Jurgen Klopp.
Of course, clubs like Barcelona, PSG and City do have the spending power to test the resolve of the Reds, but the team looks to be standing on the cusp of an exciting era under Klopp. That’s something Coutinho would surely want to be a part of.