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Premier League join forces to bring their Brazilian stars back to England

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The international break causes clubs around the world a wide range of problems: whether it be injuries, players suffering with exhaustion or returning to their respective clubs late.

However, three Premier League sides have come together to combat the issue that their star players' participation for their countries presents, in a bid to smooth the transition from international to club football.

As per the Daily Mail, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City have agreed to split the bill for a private jet to bring back Brazil stars Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Fernandinho and Willian from international duty.

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The Gulfstream jet, which will cost a total of £120,000 to fund, will bring back the Premier League's Brazilian contingent and the three clubs will split the bill in order to ensure the players' return to England is not delayed.

Each of the three Premier League clubs have key players set to face Peru in the early hours of Wednesday morning, and they fear that their stars could miss vital training sessions, ahead of a packed weekend of fixtures, if they didn't fund the players' earlier return.

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Paris Saint-Germain are also understood to be in on the deal, to return Thiago Silva to France, which see each club splash £30,000 on the private jet.

Klopp awaiting Brazilians return

Jurgen Klopp will be eagerly anticipating the return of both Coutinho and Firmino, who have been sensational for Liverpool in the early part of the season, which sees the Reds top the Premier League with 26 points from 11 games.

While Antonio Conte will be just as eager to see Willian return to Chelsea, in a bid to help them try and knock Liverpool off top spot.

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None of the Premier League's top three sides are prepared to run the risk of not having their key players up to scratch; knowing that each game will play a significant part in who is crowned Premier League champions at the end of a long and challenging campaign.

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But while Pep Guardiola will be keen to see Fernandinho back at the Etihad, no manager will be more pleased to see their Brazilian contingent return to their club more than Klopp.

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The German has got the best out of his Brazilian duo, who have helped Liverpool become the top scorers in the Premier League and Klopp is determined to keep ahold of Coutinho, who is attracting interest from Barcelona.

Liverpool are refusing to entertain offers from the Catalan outfit and are adamant that Coutinho, who has three-and-a-half years remaining on his contract, will be at Anfield for the long term.

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