Philippe Coutinho at Wembley during Spurs vs Liverpool.

Philippe Coutinho reflects on Liverpool life after Barcelona interest

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Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho insists he is happy with life despite his failure to force a move to Barcelona in the summer.

The 25-year-old handed in a transfer request in August after the Catalan club had a bid for him rejected, but the Reds paid no attention to his demands and turned down a further two offers with owners Fenway Sports Group publicly stating he was not for sale.

Coutinho has subsequently been successfully reintegrated into the team, having missed the start of the season with a back problem, and despite sitting out the last three matches with an adductor injury, he is set to feature in Tuesday’s friendly against England.

“I’m playing in one of the biggest leagues in the world,” he told Sky Sports.

“I’m always happy. But now it’s important to concentrate on the national team. At the moment I am very happy with my life.

“Every day, I work harder than before to improve myself and become a better all-around footballer.”

It was a summer of worry for Liverpool fans, with the majority of them feeling that the Brazilian was almost certainly going to leave Anfield with Barcelona calling.

After all, not many footballers snub the chance to join the La Liga giants, and although Coutinho didn't exactly snub them, the Merseyside faithful would have been delighted with the club for keeping hold of their star man.

Although he's yet to demonstrate his best form for Jurgen Klopp's side, there is a lot to be excited about for Liverpool fans, especially with the form shown by summer signing Mohamed Salah, and also last season's star man Sadio Mane.

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Liverpool will also be boosted by the news Coutinho has declared himself fully fit again.

“Unfortunately, I could not play for Liverpool in the past three games because of injury,” he added.

“Now I feel 100 per cent fit, I have recovered and I am in a good shape to be available for the game against England.

“I never want to miss any Brazil games. I am honoured to wear this shirt whenever I can.”


It's safe to say Liverpool fans will be watching Coutinho closely on Tuesday night should he play, but no doubt they'll be keeping their fingers crossed that he can make it through the match without sustaining yet another injury.

Up next for Liverpool is Southampton at home, before a tricky double header sees them take on Sevilla away in the Champions League, and Chelsea at Anfield in the Premier League.

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