Liverpool in talks with Coutinho over new deal

English Premier League side Liverpool have opened up negotiations with Philippe Coutinho over a new long-term contract.

The Brazilian's current contract with the Anfield club – signed in 2015 – runs until 2020, but the Reds are keen on tying down the 24-year-old on a new deal.

Coutinho has been in fine form for the Merseysiders so far this season, but only returned to the Reds squad last week after missing seven weeks with an ankle injury.

Amidst rumours of an incoming bid from Barcelona, the Liverpool Echo reports that the club has opened up negotiations with the influential playmaker.

"I feel happy, settled and comfortable here with the city and the people," Coutinho said in a recent interview with the Echo.

"Liverpool feels like my home."

Coutinho has 34 goals in 163 appearances for the Reds since making a £8.5million move from Inter Milan in January 2013.