Jurgen Klopp: I really think Liverpool have a player everybody in the world would want
The Liverpool manager says it was incredibly important that Philippe Coutinho signed a new long-term deal with the Merseyside club
Jurgen Klopp believes Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho is the type of player that every club in the world would like to have in their squad.
The Brazil international signed a new long-term contract with the Merseyside outfit on Wednesday morning to reportedly extend his stay at the 18-time English champions until 2022.
Coutinho was powerless to prevent Liverpool from suffering a disappointing 1-0 loss to Southampton in the second leg of their EFL Cup semi-final clash at Anfield on Wednesday night.
The South American is still waiting to win his first piece of silverware at the Anfield outfit after finishing as a Premier League runner-up in 2013-14 before losing to Manchester City and Sevilla in the League Cup and Europa League final last term.
Speaking at his post-match media conference on Wednesday night after Liverpool’s 2-0 aggregate defeat by Southampton, Klopp admitted that it was unbelievably important that the Reds tie down Coutinho to a new long-term deal.
“The two sides made a big statement – the club and Phil. A player who obviously everybody in the world would like to have in their team says, in this situation, that he wants to stay here,” Klopp said.
“For us, that’s unbelievably important. He is not the only player we want to keep! But you write more about it than we can say about it, that everybody wanted him and whatever, and that was obviously true because nobody in football is that blind that you cannot see how big his qualities are.
“We will carry on in this way with the players we want to keep and all that stuff, and that will happen in the next few months and years, because the base is really good here and so Phil is the first to show that he thinks the same.”