Liverpool fans may not have seen any new arrivals on transfer deadline day, but they only had to wait a few more hours before a major announcement regarding one of their stars.
Philippe Coutinho has now signed a new long-term contract at Anfield, which will come as great news to those fans who have seen him up his game in recent weeks, becoming a consistent threat rather than a sporadic creative catalyst.
Coutinho signed for Liverpool from Italian side Inter Milan in January 2013 for a reported fee of £8.5million.
Since then he has gone on to make 81 appearances for the Reds, scoring 10 goals and setting up a further 20.
His creative impulse is clear as his recent run of assists demonstrates, but the trick for him now is to become a consistent goal-threat because, quite simply, a player of his quality should have a much better goals-to-games ratio than he does at present.
Following the news we took to Twitter to see what Liverpool fans thought of Coutinho’s new deal and you can read a selection of what we found below:
Brilliant news Coutinho has signed a long term deal now just build the team around him #LittleMagician— Alan McGregor (@alanmcgregor8) February 3, 2015
Brilliant! Coutinho new deal confirmed. Easy to forget he cost just £8m. 22 years old. A world class player in the making.— Jack Sear (@JackSear) February 3, 2015
Wonderful news about Coutinho! What a terrific football player. Just needs to work on his finishing. Great future #LFC— Stuart Winton (@stuartwinton) February 3, 2015
Great that @LFC resigned Coutinho to long term deal. Improves every game. Could end up being one of the better midfielders in the game soon.— Anton Capria (@antoni0us) February 3, 2015