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Liverpool Star Philippe Coutinho Agrees New Contract

Anfield attacking midfielder tipped to emulate Real Madrid men at the top of the game.

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has agreed terms on a new contract, according to the Daily Mirror.

The Brazil international has been in fine form this season, particularly in recent weeks as the Reds have gone on a run of impressive form, and the deal is reward for his impressive displays.

Coutinho, who is 22 years of age, was left out of his country’s squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup despite a brilliant season for Liverpool last term, but after he and the team endured a difficult start to the current campaign, he now appears back to his best.

Coutinho has scored only two Premier League goals, and provided just two assists this term, but Brendan Rodgers commented that he should not be compared with players who give the final ball such as Cesc Fabregas and James Rodriguez, but instead midfielders who play a more withdrawn role.

“The type of player you look at is Modric – he doesn’t have a big goalscoring record but he is a world class player,” explained Rodgers.

“He is a continuity player, a top class player who can create the game and so importantly, opens the door for the team in the centre of midfield. Toni Kroos is another of that type of wonderful footballer – great passer.

“Those two maybe don’t get as many goal as their technique suggests, but that goes back to their role in the team, to sit behind the ball and serve the ball and create the game for others – not necessarily to score 15 or 20 goals a season.

“Phil’s numbers will improve, but it’s not the be all and end all if he doesn’t get 15 or 20, his functions are elsewhere in the team.”

Coutinho’s new deal will run until 2020.

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