Philippe Coutinho
Coutinho has managed to establish himself as one of the key players at Anfield under manager Brendan RodgersReuters

Liverpool attacking midfielder Philippe Coutinho says that he is keen to extend his stay at Anfield, insisting that he wants to see his name alongside the Reds' legendary players.

The 22-year-old has already managed to establish himself as one of the key players for Brendan Rodgers, scoring 10 goals in 65 Premier League games since arriving from Inter Milan in January 2013.

Although the Brazilian's current contract with Liverpool does not expire for another three-and-a-half years, he insists that he is looking to extend his stay at Anfield beyond 2018.

"It is not a hot topic for me about signing a new contract," Coutinho told the Daily Mail. "But I would be very happy to stay here for a long time and, maybe, I could become like one of the great players who have been here. I want to win trophies here of my own."

Most foreign players usually struggle to adapt to the Premier League during the first season or so, but Coutinho adapted fairly quickly to the physical style of play in England.

And the Brazil international revealed that it was because of Rodgers that he managed to get used to the English style of football so quickly.

"He has helped a lot," Coutinho said. "He gave me time to adapt. The physicality takes you by surprise. When you put your head up in England, you see two or three players ready to hit you.

"The intensity, the speed is what really takes time to adjust. You can never relax for a minute in one game. In Brazil, Italy and Spain you have time and space to play the ball."

Meanwhile, Coutinho feels that Liverpool are finally moving in the right direction after a difficult first few months this season.

"The start to the season was slow but we are improving and results have been much better over the last few weeks," said the Brazilian, adding that their improved performance are due to Rodgers deploying the 3-4-3 system.

"The major difference is the (3-4-3) system we are now playing. We have more options in each position. We press high, we are creating more opportunities and we have intensity again. We have our confidence back."

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