Players get it easy nowadays. As soon as they hit some form, all they have to do is leak a transfer rumour, like a rival team’s Instagram page, and a new contract worth twice their old one will find its way to them. So to keep Coutinho, Liverpool have had to really splash out to warn off any potential suitors.
Don’t get me wrong; Coutinho’s a good player, a great one even, but I’m not sure a player who has been at a club for four years with no trophies to show for it should be earning that much. It’s even stranger when you consider some of the players he’s now earning more than.
Adam Lallana – £65,000
Coutinho may pretend he's the guy that makes Liverpool tick, but we all know Lallana's their star man. Without him Liverpool wouldn't even be in the position to capitulate and throw away their season, like they're now. Image Source: Twitter
N’Golo Kante – £110,000
Coutinho may be fun to watch, but this guy wins titles. The Premier League has become a simpler place since the arrival of Kante; whoever has N'Golo wins the league. Yet somehow he earns less than Coutinho. Image Source: Twitter
Dele Alli – £50,000
Alli is just Coutinho 2.0; he scores more goals, is more dynamic and has way better chat. Somehow, though, he only earns a third of what Coutinho makes. I'd take three Dele Allis any day. Image Source: Twitter
Alexis Sanchez – £130,000
Coutinho is a very similar player to Sanchez, both tricky forwards known to bang in the odd screamer, but Alexis also has bags of pace. Of course in six months he'll be at PSG earning twice what Coutinho makes so I doubt he's too worried. Image Source: Twitter
Riyad Mahrez – £55,000
Mahrez was officially the best player in the league last season, yet Coutinho now makes nearly three times what Riyad does. Makes it all the more surprising he didn't force his way out in the summer. I imagine he'll be taking notes from Payet at the moment. Image Source: Twitter
Mesut Ozil – £140,000
Coutinho now earns more than the best number 10 in the game. Yeah, Ozil doesn't run much and goes hiding in big games, but he could close his eyes kick the ball with that left foot of his and he'd get an assist. Image Source: Twitter
Players have all the power now. Greed and envy have corrupted football. Now all players care about is proving how important they are by forcing clubs to give them new contracts. Showing their skill on the football pitch is never enough and how much they earn is the only measure of talent they care about. Whatever happened to loyalty?!