Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho says he "wants to stay for a long time" while revealing he spoke with Anfield officials earlier in the season about renewing his current contract.

The 22-year-old star joined Liverpool from Inter Milan in January 2013 after the Premier League club paid £8.5m to secure his services.

The Brazil international has since become a crucial player for Brendan Rodgers, scoring 10 goals while providing 18 assists in 77 appearances at Anfield.

Rodgers is reportedly keen on securing the long-term future of some his young prospects, including Raheem Sterling, Jon Flanagan and Coutinho.

Even though the Brazilian's current deal will not expire until 2018, he revealed Liverpool have contacted him regarding an extension.

"They spoke about a new contract at the beginning of the season but it's not something we're speaking about at present," Coutinho said to the Liverpool Echo.

"It's not a hot topic at the moment because we're all focused on the current season and what Liverpool can achieve on the pitch. I'm relaxed about it. I am very happy here. I have my family here and I want to stay at this club for a long time."

Meanwhile, Coutinho is looking forward to the Capital One Cup semi-final first leg against Chelsea on Tuesday 20 January, hoping to beat Jose Mourinho's team and ultimately realise his Wembley dream.

"I've never played at Wembley and it's always been an ambition of mine to play there," he said.

"It would be so special to walk out there for the first time in a cup final.

"Everyone is excited about the prospect of playing at Wembley and we want to take this opportunity. Chelsea are a great side who are very difficult to play against but we're in good form and we want to get through. We all want to lift that trophy.

"I came here to win trophies and the Capital One Cup is a great chance to do that. Trophies are what makes players – it's what you are remembered for."