Philippe Coutinho: Brazilian signs new long-term deal at Liverpool

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho provided both assists in Liverpool's 2-0 Premier League win over West Ham on Saturday.

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho has signed a new long-term deal with the Premier League club.

The Brazilian has scored 10 goals in 81 appearances for the Reds since signing from Inter Milan in January 2013.

The 22-year-old, who was under contract at Liverpool until 2018, has now extended the deal until June 2020.

"I'm really happy. It's a dream come true playing for this great club and being part of this squad," he told the club's official website.

"Today I've committed my future to the club and for this I'm feeling very pleased.

"This club is great and the fans have always supported me, so I've been eager to sign this new deal since conversations started. Today is a very happy day."

Philippe Coutinho
Philippe Coutinho moved to Inter Milan as an 18-year-old from Brazilian club Vasco da Gama in July 2010

Manager Brendan Rodgers believes Rio de Janeiro-born Coutinho will develop into a key player at Liverpool, and backed him to become a "figurehead" for younger players at the club.

"He arrived as a young man, in a country he'd never lived in before and joined a club where expectations are high. He has shown a willingness to listen, learn and improve," Rodgers said.

"I love working with players like Philippe - he has an attitude to match his talent, but underlying all of that is a humble approach to his work and his life.

"It is my hope now that he continues with his improvement and development and becomes a figurehead for this exciting, vibrant, youthful squad of players, as we look to grow as a group and achieve success together."

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