Brendan Rodgers Confirms Liverpool Star Will Be Rewarded With New Contract

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Coutinho is credited as the brains of the operation.

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After a solid pre-season Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers has confirmed that midfielder Philippe Coutinho has done enough to warrant being given a new contract.

The 22-year-old is expected to be given a hefty pay rise as the Reds try and ward off interest in the talented Brazilian.

“Coutinho is on the list of players we want to reward and hopefully over the course of the summer that is something we can do,” Rodgers was quoted by the Mirror.

“He’s certainly a great player, and a fine asset to the club.

“He’s come in here and shown us quality – he’s really developed as a player and a person and is now moving into the best years of his life as a footballer.”

Coutinho arrived at Anfield during the January transfer window in an £8.5m deal – a price that is looking like something of a steal now.

Since then, under the guidance of Rodgers, the South American has developed his game to play not only as No.10, but also out wide and in a deeper midfield role.

The Brazil international has since played 50 times in all competitions for the Merseysiders and was a key part of the success they enjoyed in 2013/14 – when they finished second in the Premier League and therefore qualified for the Champions League for the first time since 2009 as a result.

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