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Philippe Coutinho returns to Liverpool training at Melwood looking glum after seeing dream Barcelona transfer fall through

 

Samba star is back from international duty after seeing Reds swat away four Barca bids, including one of £138million

The wantaway Samba star drove his Porsche into Melwood after returning from Brazil duty on a private jet.

Phillipe Coutinho drives into Liverpool's Melwood training ground on Thursday

Phillipe Coutinho drives his Porsche into Liverpool’s Melwood training ground

Coutinho did not look best [pleased to be back in Liverpool on Thursday

Coutinho did not look best pleased to be back in Liverpool on Thursday

But Reds swatted away four bids, including one of £138million on deadline day, as Jurgen Klopp and owners Fenway Sports Group refused to sell their star player.

Coutinho is yet to play for his club this season because of a back injury.

But after linking up with his national side for substitute appearances in World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Colombia, he is now in contention to face Manchester City on Saturday.

Coutinho returned to England on a private jet yesterday with club-mate Roberto Firmino, City trio Ederson, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus and Chelsea’s Willian.

Reds have confirmed that Coutinho and Firmino, along with eight other internationals, were back at Melwood on Thursday.

Coutinho let out all his emotion after netting in a World Cup qualifier against Ecuador

Coutinho let out all his emotion after netting against Ecuador last week

Samba mascot Canarinho helped put a smile on his face

Samba mascot Canarinho helped put a smile on his face on international duty

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With just 47 minutes of competitive action under his belt, it remains to be seen whether Klopp picks Coutinho to start at the Etihad.

A leading Barcelona board member said Liverpool set an asking price of £185m for the midfielder.

But the English club responded angrily to his claim and were quoted as saying it was “absolutely false”.

Coutinho is now back at Red training ahead of their Man City clash

Coutinho is now back at Red training ahead of their Man City clash

Jurgen Klopp must now decided whether Coutinho is in the frame of mind to play

Jurgen Klopp must now decided whether Coutinho is in the frame of mind to play

Klopp is urging his squad to welcome Coutinho back into the fold.

The 25-year-old playmaker has yet to appear for Liverpool this season after slapping in a transfer request and complaining of a back injury.

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Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/4414835/philippe-coutinho-liverpool-training-melwood-barcelona-transfer/

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