The support Philippe Coutinho has received from Liverpool fans ever since he set foot on Merseyside was a key factor in his decision to sign a new long-term deal with the club, the No.10 has explained.
The Reds announced on Wednesday morning the Brazil forward had penned a fresh contract, the terms of which will come into effect from July 1, 2017.
It’s news that will delight fans the world over given how Coutinho has blossomed into a top-class performer during his four years at Anfield so far.
And the man himself is eager to highlight the influence they have had on his decision to commit his future to Liverpool.
He told Liverpoolfc.com: “Ever since my arrival here, I was welcomed with open arms by the supporters - and everyone at this football club.
“This is an important factor that carries weight when you decide to remain here for a longer period - and this did have a lot of weight when I thought about the renewal of my contract.
“I can only thank every supporter for their faith in me. I really hope to repay them. I will do my very best on the pitch to create assists for my teammates and score goals for us to try and win trophies and titles.
“It’s not just me - since me and my family arrived here we have been welcomed with open arms by everyone. We feel at home in this city, we feel a part of this city. It is a very important day for me, my wife and my daughter. I am happy - and everyone is happy at home!”
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Another key factor in Coutinho’s decision to prolong his Liverpool career is the opportunity to work under Jürgen Klopp, he revealed.
“Jürgen is a great manager,” the 24-year-old stated. “We all can see how much he has changed here since he arrived - and how much he will change in future. He is a winner.
“It’s not only me, but every other player feels honoured to play at this great club for this great manager. This feeling has a very positive influence on us as players.”