Coutinho stays at An­field

Lesotho Times - - Sport -

LIVER­POOL — Liver­pool mid­fielder Philippe Coutinho (pic­tured be­low) has made it clear that he en­joys work­ing un­der man­ager Jur­gen Klopp amidst ru­mours of im­mi­nent trans­fer bids from PSG and Barcelona.

The Brazil in­ter­na­tional, who turned 24 on Sun­day, will soon be head­ing home for a well-de­served break af­ter Dunga’s side were sur­pris­ingly knocked out of the Copa Amer­ica Cen­te­nario by Peru.

This af­ter Coutinho net­ted an im­pres­sive hat-trick in the 7-1 tri­umph over Haiti, spark­ing re­newed spec­u­la­tion over his fu­ture at An­field.

How­ever, when quizzed over his fu­ture at Liver­pool, Coutinho ap­peared to in­di­cate his de­sire to stay at the Mersey­side club.

“I am grate­ful for ev­ery­thing Liver­pool has done for me,” Coutinho said. “Am I happy there work­ing un­der Klopp? It’s clear, he’s great.”

Coutinho joined the Reds from In­ter Mi­lan in the Jan­uary trans­fer win­dow of 2013, af­ter a re­ported trans­fer fee of £8.5m was agreed by the two clubs in ques­tion.

He has made 107 ap­pear­ances for Liver­pool in the Pre­mier League, net­ting 21 goals in the process. — AFP

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