Liverpool’s wantaway playmaker Philippe Coutinho returns to training

Philippe Coutinho
Barcelona were close to signing Philippe Coutinho during the transfer window.

Liverpool’s wantaway star, Philippe Coutinho has returned Melwood to begin training after his international duty with Brazil.


It was embarrassing that Barcelona failed to sign the 25-year-old attacker as a replacement for Neymar after three bids in the recent transfer window.


Coutinho returned home via private jet on Wednesday with club-mate Roberto Firmino, Manchester City trio Ederson, Fernandinho and Gabriel Jesus and Chelsea’s Willian. It remains to be seen whether Coutinho will be selected for Saturday’s trip to Manchester City.


In August, Coutinho failed to train with the rest of the Liverpool squad as they prepared for their Premier League opener. And he’s not made an appearance for the Reds this season.

However, he made two substitute appearances for his country against Ecuador and Colombia, scoring against the former in their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.


Brazil, who have already qualified lead the South America standings with 37 points, while Uruguay is second with 27 points after 16 games. Argentina who have won the tournament twice are level on points with Peru, who they host next.