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Liverpool to offer Philippe Coutinho new contract to ward off PSG & Barcelona interest – report

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho is reportedly set for an improved deal, to reward his fine form and counter interest from across Europe.

Coutinho has scored four goals and laid on a further three assists in eight games for the Reds so far this season, including excellent long-range strikes against Arsenal and Hull City.

The Brazilian has taken up a key role in Jurgen Klopp‘s new-look 4-3-3 system, and still just 24, is poised to continue this long into the future.

However, Coutinho’s positive development has seen him regularly linked with both Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, with the latter most recently touted with a move in the French press on Saturday.

This, according to the Mirror, has jolted Liverpool into action, with the club’s hierarchy set to offer Coutinho a new long-term deal to remain on Merseyside.

“Although Coutinho penned a fresh agreement only 18 months ago, Liverpool are happy to improve his terms,” Neil Moxley writes, “given the cash they’re pocketing from the new Premier League‘s TV deal.”

Coutinho is believed to be earning around £70,000 a week on his current deal which, when compared to some of his team-mates, is wildly off the mark when considering his stature.

LONDON, ENGLAND - Friday, September 16, 2016: Liverpool's Adam Lallana celebrates after the 2-1 victory over Chelsea during the FA Premier League match at Stamford Bridge. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Moxley also reiterates that both Adam Lallana and Dejan Lovren are also set to undergo contract talks with the club, recalling a September report from the Express‘ Paul Joyce.

Emre Can, Alberto Moreno and Divock Origi are three more names in line for extensions on deals that expire in 2019.

This would see Klopp stabilise the core of his Liverpool squad, mirroring his commitment to the club in the summer, when he and assistants Peter Krawietz and Zeljko Buvac signed new six-year contracts.

Lucas Leiva and Alex Manninger are the only players who are currently set to leave the club at the end of the season, with their contracts expiring in July.

It remains to be seen whether either will be retained, with Klopp seemingly moving towards a more youthful setup—building around the likes of Coutinho and Lallana as his key players.

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