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Double boost for Liverpool, Barcelona dealt major transfer blow

Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho has seemingly left Reds supporters doubly delighted with an update on his injury status and future plans.

The Brazilian international has missed the last three games for Liverpool due to a thigh injury, and so while some may be cautiously optimistic about his injury update, others will be pleased to see him making his comeback.

It’s reported by the Liverpool Echo that the 25-year-old has declared himself “100 percent fit” and that he will face England at Wembley on Tuesday night in an international friendly.

In turn, Jurgen Klopp will be delighted to see him back in action, but he’ll also be a concerned man during the game as he’ll hope that Coutinho doesn’t suffer any setbacks to put him in danger of missing this weekend’s clash with Southampton.

While that would suggest that Liverpool supporters won’t have to wait long to see Coutinho back in action, they could be seeing him at Anfield for a while yet despite heavy speculation for months now over a possible move to Barcelona.

As per The Sun, the Catalan giants were desperate to land him in a transfer saga that run through the entire summer, but ultimately no agreement was reached between the two clubs over a transfer fee and so Coutinho stayed on Merseyside.

More will become clear when the January transfer window opens for business in terms of whether or not Barcelona return for a second bite, but whether it’s a way of further getting back into the good books of Liverpool supporters or a genuine statement over his desire moving forward, Reds fans will love hearing this from Coutinho.

“I’m playing in one of the biggest leagues in the world.

“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.”

While that isn’t a direct statement to suggest that he’s happy to snub interest from Barca in the future and stay with Liverpool, it gives the impression that he isn’t exactly desperate to move on.

Coutinho has had his injury problems this season, but he’s still managed four goals and three assists in nine appearances in all competitions, a further reminder of his quality and importance to Klopp’s side as they look to improve on their current Premier League position in the weeks ahead.

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