Phillipe Coutinho Renews Deal With Liverpool
Brazilian attacking midfielder/winger, Phillipe Coutinho, has signed a new five year deal with Liverpool FC.
This was announced on the club's website on Wednesday, 25 January, adding that the deal with take effect from July 1, 2017.
Upon signing the deal, Coutinho said:
I would like to thank everybody at the club, first of all.
I am very happy to sign a new contract here. It is a club that I am very grateful to and this shows my happiness here. I will work much harder to repay the belief shown in me.
I signed this new contract to stay here for a few more years because it’s a great honour for me. It gives me great happiness because I was welcomed here with open arms by everyone at the club and the supporters right from my first day. I am very thankful to this football club for everything.
Coutinho recently returned to the team earlier this month after an ankle injury had kept him sidelined from late November.
When he was asked why he signed he stated:
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 teammates and score goals for us to try and win trophies and titles.
It’s not just me - since me and my family arrived here we have been welcomed with open arms by everyone. We feel at home in this city, we feel a part of this city. It is a very important day for me, my wife and my daughter. I am happy - and everyone is happy at home!
Another key factor in Coutinho’s decision to prolong his Liverpool career is the opportunity to work under Jürgen Klopp, he revealed.
Jürgen is a great manager, the 24-year-old stated. We all can see how much he has changed here since he arrived - and how much he will change in future. He is a winner.
It’s not only me, but every other player feels honoured to play at this great club for this great manager. This feeling has a very positive influence on us as players.