Date: 14th September 2014 at 2:34pm
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Philippe Coutinho is ready to discuss a new contract as he looks forward to the prospect of Champions League football with Liverpool, reports Sky Sports.

The Brazilian played a key role in helping the Reds to a second placed finish last term, and is set to make his Champions League bow for the club on Tuesday night at Anfield against FC Ludogorets.

And having established himself as a key player for the club over the past 18 months, the 22-year-old is ready to discuss a new deal with the Reds – despite his current contract expiring in 2018.

“I’d be happy to analyse a new contract,” he said.

“It is very important for me to play in the Champions League but staying does not rely only on that.

“It relies on other things, like being happy.

“I have heard a lot about the European nights at this club.

“I can only imagine the atmosphere will be fabulous, because it seems to me that the atmosphere at Anfield is always fabulous, even for ordinary games in the afternoon.

“I am aware of Liverpool’s history in the competition as well and the players are just as excited as the fans at being back in the event.

“We are confident we can make it to the next stage but we know it will be tough. Not just against Real Madrid but Ludogorets and Basel too.

“We are looking forward to getting off to a good start and we know we will have the fans behind us.”

Coutinho has also tipped 19-year-old Raheem Sterling to continue his excellent run of form from recent weeks.

“He is in a very good moment and he is in great shape,” he added. “I have been hearing people talking about his performance for England the other night and I cannot say I am surprised because we train together every day.

“I know his potential and I know the pace he has. I do not have the speed to catch him.”

Speaking about the understanding between the two, and the success of last season, the Brazilian added: “It was a good season for the whole team, not just the two of us.

“I believe I took the next step, which was good for me, but it was just as pleasing that the team as a whole was capable of doing what the manager was asking. I think Liverpool as a club is taking the next step and it is great to be a part of it.”