Philippe Coutinho Closes In On New Long-Term Liverpool Contract

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The Brazilian playmaker has been in a rich Anfield vein of form lately.

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho is close to signing a four-and-a-half year contract extension at Anfield as manager Brendan Rodgers prepares to build a team around the former Inter Milan star, according to reports from the Mail.

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Coutinho’s current Anfield contract does still run until 2018, so there is little rush for Liverpool to force through a deal with the Brazilian, but the departure of Steven Gerrard at the end of the season is likely to leave Brendan Rodgers looking to lock down the rest of his higher performers.

Former Espanyol and Inter man Coutinho would certainly fit the bill in this regard, with his recent performances in a red shirt really having caught the eye and seen him re-find the form that made him one of the best creative players in English football last season as his side came agonisingly close to lifting the title.

Much like the majority of his teammates, Coutinho started the current season in lukewarm form, but recent displays have shown signs of life and indicated that Rodgers’ side may be able to save their campaign.

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