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Liverpool 'will build a statue' of Philippe Coutinho if he remains at Anfield

Liverpool Echo logo Liverpool Echo 17/07/2017 15:36:00 Kristian Walsh

Luis Garcia believes Philippe Coutinho will stay at Liverpool in the coming years - in the knowledge his former club 'builds statues' for loyal players.

Though neither the club nor Coutinho want to part this summer, there has been speculation over interest from Paris St-Germain, while Barcelona have been previous suitors of the Brazilian.

His performances last season helped the Reds to qualify for the Champions League, and Garcia believes that is enough to convince him to remain on Merseyside in the coming years.

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"I've said it many, many times, he's very happy," Garcia said. "If you leave, you will be a player. If you stay, you will have a statue. It says everything.

"He loves the club, he's happy, his family is happy and we'll see him for a few more years.

"He is one of the key players. We have Champions League back at Anfield and that was probably the main thing they wanted at the beginning of last season.

"Right now, they must keep all of the important players. Him, (Divock) Origi, (Daniel) Sturridge, (Roberto) Firmino - all those players who did amazing work last year, it's very important to keep them because that's how you keep the base of the team, and then you are the right players.

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"It's not all about spending money and buying players, it's about buying the right ones."

The 25-year-old returned to action for the Reds in Friday's 1-1 draw at Wigan, teaming up alongside Mohamed Salah for the first time.

Liverpool's record signing scored the equaliser in an impressive first 45 minutes for his new side.

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Spanish star Garcia has backed the Egyptian winger to make an impact under Jurgen Klopp, imploring people to ignore his unsuccessful spell at Chelsea.

"I think he's a very talented player, he knows the Premier League," Garcia added. "With the love of the supporters and the club, he already knows how to deal with the players, I think he can give 100% to the team and it's a fantastic addition.

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"The Premier League is a very tough competition and if you arrive and don't settle well into the league or the city, it's not easy to perform.

"That's why liverpool is a very special club, it's kind of a family, when he feels the love of the crowd and the club, he will give everything and the Premier League will see a fantastic player."

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