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Liverpool boss Rodgers confirms new deal for Philippe Coutinho

Coutinho started his career at Vasco da Gama - Action Images

Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho is to be offered a new deal at Liverpool, with Reds boss Brendan Rodgers describing the 22 year-old as someone he wants to "tie up for a period of time."

At the end of the club's USA tour, and speaking to the gathered press in the wake of a 3-1 reverse against great rivals Manchester United in Miami, Rodgers said: "A new contract for Philippe is something we will look to do over the summer."

"It's all in hand. He's certainly on that list. He's a valuable player and a great asset to the club. He's come in here and shown his quality, and really developed as a young player."

"Now he's moving into the best years of his life as a footballer. He's 22 and hopefully, by the time the next World Cup comes around, he will be an important part of the Brazil team. I'm sure his best years will be at Liverpool."

Coutinho, capped once by the full Brazil national side, joined Liverpool in January of last year from italian giants Inter Milan for a fee in the region of £8.5 million.

Read more:

> Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho hails role of former Vasco coach Zeica in his early development
> Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers: Coutinho is the brain of our team
 

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