Philippe Coutinho has claimed that he wants to win trophies with Liverpool like past legends.
Having just won the Liverpool Player of the Month award for April, Philippe Coutinho is saying all the right things and I don’t think it is a facade.
Liverpool signed the Brazilian in January 2013 for £8.5 million and since then he has, for the most part, had to make do with a group of largely inadequate footballers.
Just looking at left back, Liverpool has had Jose Enrique, Aly Cissokho and Coutinho’s close friend Alberto Moreno since he signed for the club. This lack of quality has not been isolated to left-back but has been spread out across the pitch.
And yet, there has never been any real reason to suggest that Coutinho might actually have ideas of packing his bags and leaving Merseyside for, let’s say, Barcelona.
Aside from untrustworthy spreads in dodgy tabloids, there has been a real lack of evidence to support a case that Coutinho is going anywhere.
You could, however, make a strong case to say that the Brazilian loves life in Liverpool and plans to stay for many years.
Coutinho was the guest of honour at the Liverpool Former Players Association gala dinner at the Hilton and he had a few words to say after being given a standing ovation.
“I just want to say thank-you to everyone,” Coutinho said, according to The Liverpool ECHO.
“I am really proud to be voted for this award by Liverpool’s former players.
“I know they won a lot of things with his club and I hope that one day I can do the same.”
While Coutinho’s words on the night aren’t exactly conclusive evidence that he’s planning on staying in Liverpool forever, he has said before that he and his family are both very happy on Merseyside and that he considers the people of Liverpool as his family.
Coutinho has long since been tipped to move to Barcelona and follow in fellow compatriot Neymar and former teammate Luis Suarez’ footsteps.
I do think that Jürgen Klopp has other plans for him and it will take a lot more than it took to convince the Liverpool camp when Brendan Rodgers was manager and Suarez left to get Klopp to let Coutinho leave.
With Champions League football possibly on its way back to Liverpool next season, Coutinho will certainly have his sights firmly fixed on spending the next year with the Reds.