Liverpool & Philippe Coutinho
In the past few days, Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho has returned to action for Liverpool.
Last weekend in the Premier League, Coutinho started his first match of the season against Burnley. That match ended 1-1.
Coutinho was again in the Reds starting XI on Tuesday night in the Carabao Cup at Leicester. The Foxes won the tie 2-0.
Moving to Barcelona
Following the Burnley game, Coutinho gave his first public interview to ESPN Brasil about his failed move to Barcelona.
As everyone knows, Coutinho tried to force a move to Barcelona in the summer.
That move never came to pass, despite three bids from Barcelona for the South American star.
Coutinho has since confirmed he want to switch from Anfield to the Camp Nou, saying:
What happened was a job offer and, in life, sometimes you get interested, sometimes you don’t, and in my case, as everybody knows, I got interested, my family too.
Watch the full ESPN Brasil interview below.
Thomas Muller & Liverpool
On Wednesday, Sport Bild have got involved in the collapsed Coutinho to Barcelona deal.
They’ve claimed that Bayern Munich star Thomas Muller played a key role in tanking that transfer.
Sport Bild confirm that Liverpool tried to sign 28-year-old Muller in the summer.
The Reds reportedly had a “concrete” interest in the German World Cup winner and, in a major twist, it is claimed Liverpool were open to selling Coutinho if they could have signed Muller as a replacement.
But when the deal was presented to Muller, he brush it aside instantly. The Bayern star seemed to reject a move to Liverpool out of hand. And as a result, say Sport Bild, the Coutinho to Barcelona deal slipped away.
Barcelona then signing Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund, however the French international is now out of action for four months through injury.