Coutinho is very much an adopted Scouser, by now.
By the end of his contract, which expires in 2022, hopefully Coutinho will be considered a legend in the same way as these six Reds he’s named as idols.
“I understand what Liverpool means. We can say Dalglish, Rush, Hansen, Souness, Suarez, Gerrard. I’ve been here quite a few years already, it’s not like I am new. I understand,” Coutinho told the Mail.
“To have signed a new contract at this club, my goal is to be thought of one day in the same way as these players. They are legends. You define the success of a player by his loyalty or his titles. Or both. In order to be part of this group, I have so much to do.
“I want to win titles. Five years is my new contract . . . it gives me that opportunity.”
This January has been a miserable one for a Liverpool fan. We’ve won just one match and are out of the EFL Cup, when a Wembley final against Manchester United should have beckoned.
But the Coutinho extension is great news. These quotes suggest the Brazilian will NOT be sold in the summer and that he hasn’t simply re-signed to maximise a future transfer fee.
Unlike with Luis Suarez, it genuinely seems like Coutinho wants to live on Merseyside and carve his name in the club’s history, whereas the brilliant Uruguayan was very open about his wish to move to Barcelona.
Suarez used us a stepping stone, but Coutinho wants to achieve greatness with and for us. It’s a telling difference.