Jordan Henderson believes Philippe Coutinho’s reasoning for signing new long-term contract with Liverpool is shared throughout the squad.

The Brazil forward put pen to paper on the deal last week and explained how a conviction that the Reds are primed to achieve success was behind his decision.

And Henderson insists such sentiments are echoed within the dressing room, though he acknowledges it is down to the players to show it on the pitch.

The captain wrote in his column in the matchday programme: “I was reading some things Phil Coutinho had to say about committing his future to this club with a new long-term contract.

“Phil is world-class in every sense: ability, attitude, character, he’s the full package. Last week he made a big statement by saying he belongs at Liverpool.

“I’ve shared a dressing room with this player for a decent amount of time now and I can tell you he is as ambitious as any footballer I’ve ever met or worked with. Phil wants to win and win major titles. The fact he has committed to here is the biggest message you can get that we are in a positive situation.

“Phil is one of our ‘quiet’ leaders; someone who we, as players, admire for his actions rather than big chest-thumping speeches. But when he does speak it’s worth listening to. He spoke about it being a bad week, but that we have to look beyond it; that he believes we will win titles because our manager is a winner.

“When he said that he spoke for all of us in the dressing room. We know we’re in a good way and have made real progress this season. We can see it and feel it.

“Our job now is to prove to everyone, most importantly our supporters, that the belief and faith we have in ourselves is built on real, firm foundations. We have to prove it isn’t just words. It’s on us, the players, to show in these remaining 16 matches that we’re as good as we believe we are.

“And there is no better way to start than with this game tonight, against what is currently the best team in the country.”

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