Philippe Coutinho is still a Liverpool player ahead of the close of the Spanish transfer window.
Liverpool won’t be able to relax until midnight when Spanish clubs can no longer sign players but Barcelona will no doubt attempt a last-ditch attempt to sign Coutinho.
Of course, the midfielder is yet to make an appearance for the Reds this season after complaining of a back injury.
So when he was called up by the Brazilian squad for their World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador and Colombia, it left many Liverpool fans disappointed.
It was almost as if Coutinho had lied about his injury so he wouldn’t have to play for Jurgen Klopp’s side…
In fact, Brazil doctors claimed that Coutinho’s injury was all down to “stress” as he attempted to push through a dream move to Barca.
“Coutinho back problem? He is okay now. The back problem was a matter of stress, it was something emotional,” Michael Simoni said.
And as the English transfer window came and went, Coutinho remained a Liverpool player.
Making a move on Thursday was always going to difficult, though, as he prepared to play for Brazil against Ecuador.
But after not playing a single minute of competitive football all season, Coutinho made a pretty big impact during the match.
Brazil were drawing 0-0 in Porto Alegre when Coutinho was introduced in the 58th minute.
New Barcelona signing Paulinho then put the home side ahead before Coutinho made it 2-0 after a beautiful one-two with Gabriel Jesus.
While his goal was impressive enough, it was his celebration that got everyone talking.
After finding the back of the net, Coutinho appeared to break down in tears - clearly emotional.
Watch: Coutinho's goal and celebration
Check it out:
And this is how Twitter reacted:
Was his reaction as a result of his move to Barcelona falling through?
Or was he just emotional about scoring for his country?
Whatever it was, Liverpool and Coutinho face a nervy day as they wait to see if Barcelona make another attempt to sign him. But it's looking increasingly likely that his dream move to Barca may have to wait 12 months.
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