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Coutinho extends Liverpool deal, credits “winner” Klopp

Philippe Coutinho

Liverpool has locked down its key attacker.

Philippe Coutinho, 24, had been linked with a move to Barcelona, and the Reds have pre-empted that discussion by signing the Brazilian to a new five-year deal.

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The BBC says Coutinho becomes Liverpool’s highest-paid player.

Coutinho says he’s happy to stay with Jurgen Klopp:

“Jürgen is a great manager,” the 24-year-old stated. “We all can see how much he has changed here since he arrived - and how much he will change in future. He is a winner.

“It’s not only me, but every other player feels honoured to play at this great club for this great manager. This feeling has a very positive influence on us as players.”

Coutinho missed a little over a month with injury, a stretch which saw the Reds go 4W-2D-1L in the Premier League.

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