Perhaps Liverpool’s best move in the summer transfer window was managing to keep Philippe Coutinho at the club.
Barcelona submitted three bids for the Brazilian playmaker but, unlike with Luis Suarez in 2014, Liverpool refused to sell to the Spanish giants.
That’s despite Coutinho submitting a transfer request in an attempt to force a move.
Any thought that Coutinho’s return to the Liverpool setup could be an awkward one were denied by Ronaldinho, who believes the 25-year-old will give his all for the Reds this season.
“This season they will see him give everything for the club - that is the sort of player he is,” the Brazilian legend is quoted as saying by Goal.
"Also, no player is going to refuse to play when it’s the World Cup at the end of the season.
“The Liverpool fans have nothing to worry about - I do not believe any of the stories about him refusing to play for the club. I know him that is not his way.”
Coutinho returned to training on Thursday
On early evidence, Coutinho’s return to the first team - he missed the opening weeks of the season due to a reported back problem, before leaving for international duty with Brazil - has been seamless.
The playmaker appeared with a smile on his face in Alberto Moreno’s Instagram story, and he couldn’t stop beaming in more photos that appeared of the player on the training ground.
Moreno's Instagram story
Coutinho in training
Liverpool fans are all saying the same thing
And Liverpool fans on Twitter have noted just how happy Coutinho looks to be back training at Melwood.
Coutinho could play against Man City
According to the Daily Mail, Jurgen Klopp is ready to consider Coutinho in the team to face Manchester City on Saturday.
Despite the Brazil international submitting a transfer request and seemingly exaggerating a back injury, Klopp is pleased to have him available for selection once again.
“We still have a really good player in the squad who can play,” Klopp told German media outlet SPORT1, per The Guardian.
“Don’t believe everything in the press or that there are offers here and there and that the minute after the offer has been entered, it should already be over.
“We are not like George Orwell where everybody knows everything immediately. We have exactly the situation we wanted and no other.”
Klopp must be drooling at the thought of watching Coutinho in action alongside Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah.
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