Talented playmaker Philippe Coutinho has eased Liverpool supporters’ fears by announcing his happiness at the club amid speculation over his future, the Mirror report.
The Brazil international has been in brilliant form of late, leading the club’s charge in the FA Cup ahead of their semi-final showdown with Aston Villa on Sunday.
City’s offer of Champions League football is obviously a huge incentive to move to the Etihad Stadium, and has undoubtedly caused a number of supporters at Anfield discomfort over the past few days.
However, the former Inter Milan ace has spoken out on the issue, telling reporters he is happy on Merseyside and wants to remain at the club for the foreseeable future.
“My mind is at Liverpool. I’m a Liverpool player and I don’t think about those things because I’m happy here and want to be here,” Coutinho explained.
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Amid the ongoing Raheem Sterling situation, there is little doubt as to who has been leading the Reds’ charge of late, and it’s not the England international winger or talented striker Daniel Sturridge.
Coutinho’s performances have been impressive but also equally mature for a player who is still only 22-years-old, especially considering the high level of pressure those at Anfield have to work under.
It’s imperative that the Reds keep hold of a number of their young players, even if a failure to qualify for the Champions League this season ultimately turns a few heads.
With the likes of Coutinho, Sterling, Sturridge, Emre Can and Alberto Moreno all yet to reach their peak, there is so much potential and the fans will want to see them grow together and form the basis for future success.