News broke recently that Liverpool had begun negotiations with Philippe Coutinho’s agent, Kia Joorabchian, and other representatives to extend his stay at Anfield beyond 2020. Joorabchian, also the agent of Liverpool stalwart Lucas Leiva, is said to have a good relationship with the club, which should surely make the ongoing process run more smoothly.
Initial reaction from all involved seems to be optimistic. The hope is that Coutinho will sign a new five-year contract, keeping him at the club an additional two years, until 2022.
Of particular note to Liverpool fans is that the club claim that no release clause will be included in this new deal, and that this option will not be part of their negotiations. If that does, indeed, come to pass, it would give the club more leverage when the big clubs come calling.
Injury-prone though he may be, Liverpool’s magical, pug-loving, golden unicorn is unquestionably one of the best players in the Premier League at the moment. And at only 24-years-old, he hasn’t yet reached his peak, making the prospect of him signing on for five more seasons with the club even more exciting.
It’s clear that he has a huge part to play in manager Jürgen Klopp’s vision for the future of the club. A future which now looks much brighter than it did prior to the charismatic German’s arrival on Merseyside. Coutinho seems settled in Liverpool and appears to be enjoying playing alongside his fellow countryman Roberto Firmino in attack.
The hope is that the player and club will reach an agreement and announce it in the coming weeks.