Philippe Coutinho begins his defence
A few weeks ago many were convinced that Philippe Coutinho would walk out of Liverpool to join Barcelona.
Put simply, when Barcelona come calling, players usually jump instantly. Playing alongside Leo Messi and Luis Suarez is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
And Coutinho wanted to take the Barcelona deal. As Liverpool rejected three offers from the Catalans, Coutinho submitted a formal transfer request in an effort to force the deal through.
But Coutinho failed. Liverpool stood firm, and it’s now highly likely the South American features in Liverpool’s away trip to Man City on September 9.
Coutinho, however, now faces the tricky task of slinking his way back into Jurgen Klopp’s squad.
‘Uncomfortable’ Liverpool sit down
On Tuesday, the Independent have revealed how Coutinho plans to get back into Liverpool’s good graces.
His defence seems simple enough: blame Barcelona for everything.
The broadsheet reports that Coutinho has lined up an “uncomfortable” Liverpool sit down as he tries to backtrack from his transfer request:
Philippe Coutinho is ready to hold clear-the-air talks with Liverpool as he looks to return to the fold with Jurgen Klopp’s side.
The Independent understands that the player and his representatives are ready to admit defeat and will look to talk to key Liverpool figures to smooth over the summer’s events.
They insist the ill-conceived email was Barca’s idea.
When Coutinho is fit again he is now expected to return to the Liverpool team but not before some uncomfortable conversations with Liverpool.
With all that said, Liverpool fans will be happy.
They can now look forward to a dream forward quartet: Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Philippe Coutinho.
Is that a front line capable of leading Liverpool to the title?
After two rounds of the new season, Liverpool have a draw and a win under their belt.