Philippe Coutinho arrives back at Liverpool’s Melwood training centre


Philippe Coutinho has arrived back at Liverpool’s Melwood training centre for the first time since the summer transfer window shut.

Coutinho flew back to England on Wednesday morning on a private jet, alongside his Brazilian teammates, after scoring for his country in their 2-0 World Cup qualifier win against Ecuador.

The 25-year old was the subject of interest from Barcelona throughout the summer, with Liverpool rejecting three bids from the Spanish club – including their latest of £118m.

The midfielder submitted a transfer request in August in order to force through a move, but it was immediately dismissed by the Reds.

Liverpool’s owners Fenway Sports Group maintained Coutinho would not be sold before the close of the summer window, despite Barcelona’s continued attempts.

Coutinho’s arrival back at Melwood is his first appearance since departing for the international break, and he will now link up with the first-team ahead of their clash with Manchester City on Saturday.

Manager Jurgen Klopp also welcomed back nine other players to training on Thursday, including Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Ben Woodburn, Danny Ward, Dejan Lovren, Joe Gomez, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Dominic Solanke and Emre Can.


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