Philippe Coutinho was quizzed by a reporter about his future at Anfield after another great display for Liverpool and his response is exactly what fans want to hear.
With a win of massive importance to Liverpool in the race for Champions League football and lowly Middlesbrough standing in their way, Philippe Coutinho was one of several players to step up and perform.
When Daniel Sturridge won a free kick just outside the box, I immediately felt excited about the thought of Coutinho standing over the ball. The little Brazilian hardly disappointed as he caught ‘keeper Brad Guzan unawares with a clever free kick into the opposite corner of the goal.
While it wasn’t the winning goal, with Georginio Wijnaldum’s thunderous strike rattling the back of the net right before the interval, Coutinho’s sublime free kick allowed the Liverpool players to really relax and settle into a tempo which suited them and essentially just enjoyed the last game of the season and the thought of Champions League football coming to the stadium they were playing in.
Coutinho’s sublime free kick. pic.twitter.com/fZuwU4zJEW
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It didn’t take long for journalists to use Coutinho’s influential display as a way to write a headline, however. ESPN Brasil spoke to the no.10 and asked him if he would be playing in the Champions League for Liverpool or Barcelona and his response was perfect.
“I have a long contract with Liverpool,“ he told ESPN Brasil moments after the win.
“Speculations are for journalists only.“
Jürgen Klopp has big things planned for his side and Philippe Coutinho is vital to the future of this club. As the German manager has shown in the last two games against Middlesbrough, Coutinho could play a very important role for Liverpool from midfield next season. Three goals and an assist in his last two games suggest that the Brazilian is well suited to the role.
According to Tony Barrett, who has recently left JOE.co.uk, Klopp has urged Coutinho to remain at Liverpool and become a great.
“Stay here, and they will end up building a statue in your honour,” Klopp told Coutinho.
“Go somewhere else, to Barcelona, to Bayern Munich, to Real Madrid, and you will be just another player. Here you can be something more.”
If Coutinho stayed at Liverpool in the long-term and helped the club to success, supporters would certainly have a place for the already much-adored Brazilian in the club’s folklore. Players like Steven Gerrard are revered as much for their ability as their loyalty and Coutinho could be the same if he stays at the club.