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Rumour Mongering: Coutinho To Be Offered New Contract

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The club could be keen to protect the Brazilian magician from other European giants swooping in.

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Silly season never really ends, does it?

This is one of those rumours that, yes, conceivably, could come to pass. Or it could just be a slow news day because of the international break.

The facts are these: Philippe Coutinho is a very good player. Liverpool got him for a steal and he’s paying off in spades right now. He’s having his moment, and it’s pretty clear to everyone with every spectacular goal he scores for club and country. But with all that glory comes the attention of other clubs, naturally. We all know that Real Madrid, Barcelona, and now PSG have been sniffing around the Brazilian magician, trying to tempt the club into letting him go. We also know Coutinho signed a contract extension 18 months ago (but who’s counting, really?) to keep him in Liverpool until 2020.

Taking the facts into account, seeing a report from the Mirror claiming that the club are keen to offer Coutinho some improved terms to make sure he really is happy with the Reds has two different reactions. While the facts are on our side, with Coutinho being open about how happy he is in Liverpool, history has not been and it’s entirely possible that everyone at Anfield are eager not to have history repeat itself. Not to mention the swiftness with which they locked down Klopp for the foreseeable future, it would only make sense going forward.

Now, there’s no time table for this to happen, but with (more) rumours that PSG are regrouping to try again in January or the summer, it could behoove the club to get this piece of business done sooner rather than later. Coutinho’s star will only continue to rise as the club continues to do well in the league and he looks to become a mainstay on the Brazilian national team, so locking him down and assuring he’ll be happy with the club as long as possible certainly couldn’t hurt.