Jamie Carragher sends cautious message to Liverpool about midfielder

The Liverpool legend warns his former club that Philippe Coutinho's new contract doesn't necessarily means he won't leave Anfield in the coming seasons

Jamie Carragher has warned Liverpool that Philippe Coutinho’s new long-term contract doesn’t necessarily mean the midfielder will see out the length of his deal.

The 18-time English champions were handed some much-needed good news earlier this week when the Brazil international committed his future to the Merseyside outfit ahead of the EFL Cup exit.

Coutinho has reportedly put pen to paper on a new Liverpool contract that will see the South American remain at the Merseyside club until 2022.

The attacking midfielder has been linked with a move to La Liga giants Barcelona in the past, although his former coach has insisted Coutinho isn’t interested in a move to Camp Nou.

Reacting to news of Coutinho’s new deal during Sky Sports’s coverage of Liverpool’s 1-0 loss to Southampton in the League Cup, Carragher issued a cautious message about the midfielder’s long-term future.

“We’ve had plenty of players in the past who have signed big contracts and moved on. People sometimes question why,” Carragher said.

“What I would say is if Philippe Coutinho wasn’t happy, he wouldn’t sign a new contract. We hear there is no release clause, again doesn’t mean everything if the player wants to go and someone makes the right offer.”

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Coutinho moved to Liverpool in an £8.5m deal from Serie A giants Inter Milan in the 2013 January transfer window.

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