Liverpool are set to hand Brazilian and former Inter Milan youngster Philippe Coutinho a new deal after an impressive performance in his first full season at Anfield.
Coutinho signed for Liverpool side in January 2013 during the winter transfer window in a deal worth around £8.5m. He has quickly establish himself in the heart of Liverpool’s midfield combining well with Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerard, Daniel Sturrige and Luis Suarez last season.
His impressive performance meant Liverpool are set to offer him a new and improved contract. Manager Brendan Rodgers earlier confirmed during the summer that Coutinho is a player Liverpool will want to keep for a very long time amidst speculations of a new contract.
“I am not sure when it will be done. I haven’t spoken to any of the directors in the last few days so I am not sure where we are on that, but obviously he is someone we want to tie up for a period of time,” Rodgers had said.
Rodgers views the 22-year-old Brazilian as an important part of his side’s future and he is hoping a new deal for the playmaker is signed soon.
Coutinho like Liverpool has not started so brightly this season as he was last season. His excellent form last season meant Liverpool will chase the title down to the wire. His combination with other Liverpool players was excellent. His accurate passes saw Luis Suarez and Daniel Sturrige score important goals off his assists.
He made 33 league appearance for Liverpool last season- one of the highest by Liverpool’s on-field players and scoring five goals. But he has made just seven appearances in all competitions this season for Liverpool.
A natural no.10 who can be used as an attacking midfielder (trequartista), a second striker and on the wings. He has also been used centrally as a central midfielder by Brendan Rodgers. Highly regarded by Liverpool fans and team mates. His vision and passing ability has earned him the nickname ‘little magician’ among Liverpool fans.
Internationally he has represented Brazil in the U-17s and was in a key player in the Brazil’s U17 squad that won 2009 South American U17 championship in Chile. He also represented Brazil at the U20 level. He was giving his senior national call-up and appearance in a friendly match against Iran in October 2010. He has however been left out of the national team since then but his new club form has seen new coach Dunga give him a recall to the national side in a friendly games against Colombia and Ecuador last September.
Since his move to Liverpool in the January transfer window of 2013, he has made total of 149 appearance and scored eight goals in all competitions.
With his new improved deal being sorted out, Liverpool will hope he recaptures his last season form and help push the club for the English premier league title and the Uefa champions league. There is also more good news for the fans as English sensation Raheem Sterling and Jordan Henderson have also been handed a new contract.