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With much of their transfer business done, Liverpool are turning their attention to getting a handful of new contracts done for existing players, with Philippe Coutinho's key amongst them.

Alex Livesey

Liverpool have been busy this summer making new signings, but new deals for existing players is also a priority and over the coming weeks the club expect to turn their attention towards getting those deals done. Key amongst them will be a new contract for Philippe Coutinho, who Brendan Rodgers recently called the brains of his team.

"A new contract is something we will look to do over the summer," said the Liverpool manager. "He's certainly on that list—it's all in hand. He's a valuable player and a great asset to the club who has come in here and shown his quality and really developed as a young player, and now he's moving into the best years of his life as a footballer."

Coutinho's current contract runs through the summer of 2018, meaning there's little urgency on that front, but Liverpool have under Fenway Sports Group shown a willingness to renegotiate early when performances demand it. The hope is now to see the new contract get done before the season kicks off for Liverpool on August 17th against Southampton.

"I'm not sure when it will get done," admitted Rodgers when he was pressed for a more precise answer. "I haven't spoken to the directors in the last few days so I'm not sure where we are on that, but obviously he is someone we want to tie up for a period of time, so I'm sure I will hear more when I get back."

The club are believed to also be looking to get new deals done for Jordan Henderson, Steven Gerrard, Jon Flanagan, and Suso before the season kicks off in a little less than two weeks.