Liverpool have announced that Brazilian forward Philippe Coutinho has signed a new five-year deal.
The new contact sees Coutinho become the club’s highest-paid player at a weekly wage of around £150,000.
Coutinho has scored 34 goals in 163 appearances after joining the Reds in January 2013 from Inter Milan for £8.5m.
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This new deal, which will see him extend his stay at the club till 2022 and has effectively ended speculation linking him with Spanish giants Barcelona.
He told Liverpool’s website: ‘It is a club that I am very grateful to and this shows my happiness here.’
I signed this new contract to stay here for a few more years because it’s a great honour for me. It gives me great happiness because I was welcomed here with open arms by everyone at the club and the supporters right from my first day. I am very thankful to this football club for everything.
Brought to Anfield by former manager Brendan Rodgers, Coutinho has established himself as a key player for the club over the last four years.
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Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp hailed the new contact as ‘wonderful news’.
Coutinho recently made his comeback from an ankle injury, in the EFL Cup semi-final, first-leg clash defeat to Southampton on January 11, prior to which he had scored six goals in 14 appearances this season.
The second leg of the EFL semi-final takes place on Wednesday evening and Liverpool fans will be hoping that he can help turn around the tie, with them currently 1-0 down on aggregate.