Philippe Coutinho opens up about Jurgen Klopp’s role in new Liverpool contract
The Liverpool midfielder discusses the role Jurgen Klopp played in his decision to commit to the Anfield outfit
Philippe Coutinho has admitted that Jurgen Klopp played a part in the Liverpool midfielder’s decision to sign a new contract with the Merseyside club.
The Brazil international put pen to paper on a new long-term deal with the 18-time English champions on Wednesday morning that will see the attacking midfielder remain at the Anfield outfit until 2022.
Coutinho’s new contract will serve to end speculation that the Liverpool playmaker could be targeted by La Liga outfit Barcelona, after his friend Luis Suarez swapped Merseyside for Cataluna in 2014.
The South American has made improvements to his game since Klopp’s appointment as the new Liverpool manager back in October 2015.
Indeed, Coutinho scored five goals and made five assists in his opening 13 games in the 2016-17 Premier League season before an ankle injury.
Speaking to Liverpool’s website about Klopp’s influence in his decision to sign a new contract with the 18-time English champions, Coutinho said:
“Jürgen is a great manager,” Coutinho said. “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.”
Coutinho moved to Liverpool in a £8.5m deal from Serie A giants Inter Milan in 2013.