Liverpool handed Philippe Coutinho boost


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Liverpool’s hopes of keeping hold of Philippe Coutinho beyond the January transfer window have been boosted after the forward revealed he is happy with his situation at the moment.

Brazil international Coutinho was the subject of huge interest from Barcelona over the summer and the Catalans made several failed attempts to sign the highly-rated forward.

The 25-year-old, who is also believed to be a target for French giants Paris Saint-Germain, missed the early part of the Premier League season due to injury whilst his head was also not in the right place after a move to Spain failed to materialise.

He is back to full fitness now and the Rio de Janeiro-born star has made five league appearances in this campaign, scoring in the 3-2 win over Leicester City before producing a corking strike in the 1-1 draw at Newcastle United.

Reports are suggesting Barcelona will renew their interest in Coutinho when the January window opens but La Liga’s leaders may find it difficult to wrap up a deal in the new year.

“I’m playing in one of the biggest leagues in the world,” the forward said.

“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.”

Coutinho is expected to feature for Brazil in Tuesday’s friendly against England at Wembley and the visitors are 1.80 favourites to claim the spoils, a draw is priced at 3.40 whilst the Three Lions are 4.20 outsiders.

Gareth Southgate could hand senior debuts to striker Dominic Solanke, midfielder Lewis Cook and goalkeeper Angus Gunn after the trio were added to his squad.

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