Liverpool are reportedly set to offer Philippe Coutinho a new contract in order to secure his long-term future and see off interest from Barcelona.
The 24-year-old has been in good form again so far this season, scoring four goals and providing three assists in eight appearances for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
As he continues to establish himself as an influential figure at Anfield, his form is also said to have caught the attention of Barcelona, according to The Mirror.
However, Liverpool are ready to move swiftly to tie him down to a new long-term deal with an increase in his salary, and it’s claimed that both Coutinho and teammate Adam Lallana will be offered improved deals in the New Year.
The Premier League giants have gone through a spell of losing key individuals to their European rivals in recent years, with the likes of Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling all moving on in big-money deals.
It appears as though they want to put an end to that and keep their best players on Merseyside, and given his growing influence and improvement since arriving in England, Coutinho will be seen as one of the pivotal pieces to the puzzle.
The Mirror add that Dejan Lovren could also be in line for improved terms having overcome his troubles to become a mainstay in the Liverpool team, and so it’s relatively clear that Klopp is keen to reward his players for their good form and ensure that there is a strong and consistent spine to the squad moving forward.
The Croatian international has made six appearances so far this season in the heart of the Liverpool defence, while Lallana has grown into his role in the attacking third with three goals and three assists in eight outings.