Liverpool Football Club is entering a new era this summer as Anfield is all geared up for the most historic summer in terms of spending. Liverpool under Klopp's leadership has achieved what it set out to do since the start of the season i.e. guarantee themselves a spot in next year's UEFA Champions League.
Liverpool has been linked with many high-class transfer targets such as Isco, Asensio, Van Dijk, Douglas Costa etc. But Liverpool's top priority wasn't in landing either of the targets but in securing the services of the Brazilian hotshot Philippe Coutinho for the future.
Coutinho was subject to many transfer speculations linking him with a move to Barcelona as Barca are actively looking for someone who can fill Iniesta's huge boots. First, it seemed that Liverpool will be sanctioning the sale of the Brazilian but according to his recent interview, it seems, he's committed to Liverpool and wants to be a club legend there.
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Coutinho has amazing dribbling ability, he can hit spectacular Gerrard esque Hollywood passes, he's an amazing set piece taker and can score on a regular basis too, all of which makes him one of the best players in world football. Because of the above skill set, Barcelona came calling for him only to see their efforts end in vain.
Liverpool made a smart move and took into consideration the number of years he has on his contract and the talent he possessed and slapped an astounding £76 million price tag on him which truly tested Barcelona's stance over the player.
The 24-year-old despite putting pen to paper to a new deal, couldn't afford to shake off Barcelona's interest in him as they keep coming back time and time again. However, the star has dismissed the speculation stating he can achieve greater success at Liverpool. Here's what he said.
"Stay here and they will end up building a statue in your honour," Coutinho told ESPN Brasil.
"Go somewhere else, to Barcelona, to Bayern Munich, to Real Madrid, and you will be just another player. Here you can be something more."
"I have a long contract with Liverpool. Speculation is for journalists only."
"We started the season very well, I started well. But then in the middle, the performance regressed, then we bounced back, and I finished the season at a high level" added Coutinho.
"The whole team is playing well. Sunday was a very important victory, and next season it's the Champions League." Coutinho will be testing his talents against the very cream of European Football as Liverpool will be participating in the Champions League.