KOP PHIL’S NOT RED-Y TO DE­PART

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FROZEN OUT: De­foe won his last cap against Chile in 2013 but now wants to get back into the Three Li­ons pic­ture LIVER­POOL mid­fielder Philippe Coutinho wants to spend the peak of his ca­reer at An­field.

The Brazil­ian, 22, has been a big hit with the Reds since sign­ing from In­ter Mi­lan for £8.5mil­lion in 2013.

The play­maker is set to pledge his fu­ture to the club in a mas­sive boost for Kop boss Bren­dan Rodgers.

But he will wait un­til the sum­mer to ex­tend his cur­rent deal – which runs to 2018 – with his at­ten­tion cur­rently on help­ing Liver­pool fin­ish the sea­son on a high.

Coutinho said: “It’s not a hot topic at the mo­ment be­cause we are all fo­cused on the cur­rent sea­son and what Liver­pool can achieve on the pitch.

“I’m very happy here. My fam­ily is here and I want to stay at this club for a long time.” FRUS­TRA­TION: Bruce

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