Liverpool to offer midfielder club-record deal to deny Barcelona – report

Liverpool are preparing to offer Philippe Coutinho the same wage that Luis Suarez earned to ensure the midfielder stays, say reports

Liverpool are ready to hand Philippe Coutinho the joint-biggest contract in the club’s history to warn off La Liga champions Barcelona, according to reports in the British media.

The Daily Mirror are reporting that Liverpool are putting together a £200,000-a-week contract offer which would see Coutinho equal the wages that Luis Suarez earned during the final year of his Anfield stay.

The same article states that the Merseyside outfit want Coutinho to put pen to paper on a new five-year deal to end uncertainty surrounding his future at the 18-time English champions.

The story goes on to stay that Liverpool won’t be including a buyout clause to dissuade Barcelona from contemplating an audacious move for the Brazil international.

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Coutinho has scored five times and has made five assists in 15 appearances in the Premier League in the 2016-17 season.

Liverpool signed the Brazilian midfielder in a £12m deal from Serie A giants Inter Milan in the 2013 January transfer window.

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