The agent of our Brazilian superstar Coutinho, Kia Joorabchian, has loudly claimed that the no.10 is happy at Anfield and has no plans whatsoever to leave.
The 23-year-old signed a five-year contract last season, and although he’s struggled this term despite scoring a wonder-goal on opening day, he’s absolutely crucial to our future success – regardless of who takes charge.
And thankfully, the comments indicate he’s ours for the foreseeable.
“Philippe is extremely happy at Liverpool,” Joorabchian said, reported in the Echo.
“He signed a long-term contract towards the end of last season that represents his ambition and his feeling for Liverpool. Reports that I have been talking to clubs about Philippe are not true.
“His aspirations are to qualify for the Champions League with Liverpool this season and to win a trophy. That is all that he is focused on – nothing else.”
This contradicts David Luiz’s irritating comments, which claimed that if we miss out on Champions League football, the whole of Europe will be queuing up for Coutinho’s services.
“Coutinho made the choice to stay at Liverpool without Champions League football this season,” the grossly overpriced former Chelsea defender said.
“I don’t think he will make that choice again. If Liverpool don’t qualify this season for the Champions League, I am sure he will be the most in demand player in Europe next summer.
“Already Barcelona are interested, but we can expect more clubs than that. Any club would want him.”
Coutinho was brought to the club by Brendan Rodgers and the Northern Irishman undoubtedly helped develop him into the player he is now.
As a result, it’ll be interesting to see how he settles under Jurgen Klopp, the man widely expected to take over by the end of this week (via BBC Sport).
The German maximised many brilliant attacking talents such as Marco Reus, Mario Goetze, Robert Lewandowski and Ilkay Gundogan to name a few – and we hope he can take Coutinho onto the next level.
The South American was recently withdrawn from international duty, but there’s no news yet as to whether his injury is serious and will keep him out of Liverpool games.