Over the past several seasons, rumors of an impending move away from Anfield for Philippe Coutinho have never been too far off. And with other high-profile departures in recent years like Luis Suarez to Barcelona, and Raheem Sterling to Manchester City, those rumors always seemed a tad too realistic.
The little magician has repeatedly said how much he enjoys life on Merseyside, but fans are naturally and rightly skeptical of anything coming out of players’ mouths. Loyalty is not a word generally associated with modern football. Regardless, Coutinho is back with a brand new interview, talking about how much he loves his current city and club of the same name.
“Liverpool feels like my home,” Coutinho told The Echo. “I feel happy, settled and comfortable here with the city and the people. It’s an amazing city. I enjoy going to the cinema with my wife and to restaurants in town.
“The supporters are very nice. Hearing people singing my name, it inspires me. The fans here make me feel amazing. They give all the players confidence. They are there for us in every game.”
Coutinho claims that his current focus is winning silverware for Liverpool, citing recent disappointments as additional motivation to get the job done.
“What I really want is to lift the trophies for this club. That’s the most important thing. You want to look back at the end of your career and think about what you have won. We have been so close but we don’t want this any more. We don’t want to just go close. We want to take that next step. Every day we work hard in training to get there.”
If you think his statement about working hard in training is Klopp-esque, you’d probably be right. He finished the interview by highlighting the day-to-day, pragmatic approach that is so often emphasized by the Liverpool boss. Our magical unicorn even dropped in a classic Kloppism:
“We are in a good way. We have a good team, but we have to show it every day and in every game. We can’t look too far ahead. We have to take it step by step, game by game. Maybe at the end we can win.”
It might be hard to believe that Coutinho wouldn’t spread his magic all over Camp Nou if a certain famous Catalonia club came calling, but at least for now he seems very happy with his life at Anfield. Long may that continue.