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Jürgen Klopp on Philippe Coutinho’s “Big Statement”

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Signing Philippe Coutinho to a new long-term deal is a big statement by the club—and by the player.

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It may not be the flashy transfer signing fans were hoping for when the January transfer window opened, but it’s hard not to feel positive today about the signing of Philippe Coutinho, the cub’s most talented player, to a new, extended deal running through the 2022 season.

It’s both a sign of intent and commitment from the club, getting the highly regarded Brazilian to agree a new long-term deal without a release clause. And, perhaps not surprisingly, it had manager Jürgen Klopp feeling upbeat when he addressed his star’s new contract.

“I know everyone associated with LFC will be delighted when hearing this today,” Klopp said. “Everyone knows what a great footballer Phil is, that is not in question—but not everyone sees what an incredibly positive character he is and what a big influence he is on the dressing room.”

Most importantly, perhaps, it’s a new deal that Klopp says shows that a world class star believes in what the club are doing—believes he can win trophies and achieve his goals as a football player at Liverpool. It’s something that hasn’t always been the case in recent years.

“I knew of Phil before I came to Liverpool and I was well aware of what a talent he was,” added the Liverpool manager. “But since arriving here I have not only witnessed his ability up close, but also his ever-continuing development. He is truly world-class—in that very top bracket.

“We have total belief in our project, but when a player of Phil’s calibre and status commits for this length of time it shows that our faith is shared throughout the game. He knows he can fulfil his dreams and ambitions here at Liverpool. This is a big statement.”