Liverpool: New deal for Brazil star; Lovren in talks; Everton battle for Frenchman
After speculation emerged yesterday claiming that Paris Saint-Germain could make a January bid for star man Phillipe Coutinho, the Mirror report that Liverpool are set to tie down their Brazilian attacker on a new contract to secure his long term future at the club with the former Inter Milan player happy to remain at Anfield.
Coutinho plays a key role in Jurgen Klopp’s attacking set-up and is enjoying life as one of the key men in the new system. Whilst he will undoubtedly see his wages increase, it is a price worth paying for the Reds who will be desperate to keep hold of their magician who so often creates something out of nothing for his side.
Another one to see his fine form rewarded with a new deal could be central defender Dejan Lovren, who will see his deal extended beyond his current deal which runs until the summer of 2019. The Croatian is currently recovering from a groin injury picked up in victory over Swansea, but has become Klopp’s most important defender as he shows the reliable form that saw him earn a move to Merseyside.
The move sees a continued strategy by the Reds to tie down their key players to long term deals after Jurgen Klopp signed a new six-year contract in the summer. With Coutinho likely to join Lallana and Lovren in putting pen to paper in the New Year, the future is looking promising for the club.
They could also be busy in January facing a transfer battle with Everton over French midfielder Soualiho Meite, claim the Mirror. The 22-year-old central midfielder is believed to be available from Lille for around £6 million and is also being watched by Borussia Dortmund and West Ham after he impressed for Lille and the French national youth teams.
A dynamic and exciting midfielder who likes to dominate games, Meite would certainly fit the mould of the kind of player that Klopp likes to bring in to his midfield, though whether there is room for him alongside the current options may be a challenge for Meite should he opt for a move to the red half of Merseyside.
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