Liverpool have taken a step towards tying down Philippe Coutinho


Liverpool are keeping to their promise that Philippe Coutinho will not be sold amid ongoing rumours linking him with Barcelona.

The 24-year-old has six goals and seven assists for the Reds this season despite a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

The club are insistent that he commits his future to Anfield to stop any more speculation.

And the Liverpool Echo report that they have now opened negotiations with the Brazilian over a new contract.

As the playmaker’s current deal runs until 2020, Liverpool are keen to reward him if he signs an extension, but they are not willing to include a buy-out clause.

Even so, he’s set for an impressive pay rise on the £75,000 a week he currently earns.

A player of Coutinho’s prestige could easily be offered upwards of £200,000 a week elsewhere, but Jurgen Klopp wants to convince him to build upon their project on Merseyside together.


Coutinho is the focal point of Klopp’s attack, and he previously told the Echo he is happy in England.

“Liverpool feels like my home,” he said.

“I feel happy, settled and comfortable here with the city and the people.”

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