26 Jan 2017

Done Deal: Liverpool smash club record to seal massive deal for 'amazing' £60m attacker. 'Source' confirms £150k-a-week salary

Liverpool's season may be hitting the skids, but amidst the poor results, there's some good news to distract fans from the Reds' downward spiral.

On Monday, Liverpool confirmed:

"Philippe Coutinho has signed a new long-term contract with the club. The 24-year-old has committed his future to the Reds by penning the fresh deal...which will come into effect from July 1, 2017".

ESPN provided some further details about the deal:

"Coutinho's new contract is a five-year deal, and does not include a release clause, a source told ESPN FC. The source added that Coutinho will now become the Reds' highest-paid player, with his weekly wage in the region of £150,000".

On one level, this new deal is good news, but I just can't in good conscience celebrate and/or congratulate a player for earning a ridiculous, grossly inflated, and - arguably - undeserved salary.

£150k-a-week (or £200k-a-week as some other sources are reporting) is simply obscene, and makes Coutinho the highest paid player in Liverpool's history. Coutinho is laughing all the way to the bank, but the pressure will be now be on for him to prove that he's worth it.

In my view, that means his goals/assist ratio has to exponentially improve, and for that money, he should be contributing 30+ goals/assists (all competitions) every season. That's the standard to which I'm personally going to hold him, and if Coutinho can't live up to that, then he shouldn't be on £150k-a-week.

* Coutinho: £60m-rated. Hailed as 'amazing' by Joel Matip.


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