Coutinho quotes suggest he’ll stay at Liverpool for the long haul

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Liverpool’s Brazilian superstar Coutinho has once again spoken of his happiness to stay on Merseyside, and praised the role Jurgen Klopp’s had in his development.

Since the German took charge, Coutinho’s registered six goals and six assists, all the more impressive considering he’s missed a large chunk of matches during that period with a hamstring injury.

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Asked about his future, and the potential interest of Barcelona, Coutinho shrugged off the questions – claiming he’s already playing in the world’s best league.

“I just like to live in the moment,” said the 23-year-old. “I am not looking ahead. Being here at Liverpool is a dream come true.

“I am already playing in the best league in the world and I have a number of years left on my contract that I only renewed last year.

“I am very happy and my focus is on helping Liverpool fight for trophies.”

The 23-year-old is expected to start our Europa League match on Thursday with Augsburg and the League Cup final on Sunday – where he has the chance to win his first trophy as a Red. Coutinho reckons Klopp’s arrival has sparked that possibility and that the German is already improving him as a plater.

“He (Klopp) created a highly successful side at Dortmund and it is great for Liverpool to have him,” the playmaker told World Soccer, reported by the Echo.

“In training, we are working hard and enjoying his methods, which are helping to make us better players.

“Little by little, it is translating to matches and I think everyone has seen how effective his philosophy can be if we adapt it in the right way.

“It feels like we are moving in the right direction under him and we believe we can fight for the big prizes and enjoy some special moments with the fans.”

“Our team is playing a high-pressing game and I am enjoying it. With this style there is more freedom when we have the ball.

“We still have responsibilities within the team, but the manager is asking us to play our game more naturally and it is enabling us to express ourselves.

“Klopp has put his ideas forward and they are helping to make me an even better player.”

Under Klopp Coutinho has predominantly started on the left but been given licence to cut in and form a fluid front-three with a central striker and another playmaker on the right.

This has predominantly been Adam Lallana, but with Daniel Sturridge and Roberto Firmino now available, Klopp can use his three most exciting attackers in tandem.

The trio of Coutinho, Sturridge and Firmino tore Aston Villa apart last time in the Premier League, and hopefully can propel us further in Europe and secure us the League Cup title.

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