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Coutinho ready for clear-the-air talks as Liverpool prepare for Champions League play-off

Date Posted,August 22, 2017

Philippe Coutinho is now in that awkward position where his actions have failed to secure him a Barcelona move and he now needs Liverpool to welcome him back to avoid derailing his World Cup hopes.

The Brazilian is currently a key part of Tite’s side, who are the second favourites for Russia 2018.

The 25-year-old wants to hold clear-the-air talks now, report the Independent, to smooth over relations and help facilitate his path back into the Reds’ first team.

Jurgen Klopp, meanwhile, is preparing his side for the second leg of their Champions League play-off against Hoffenheim at Anfield, where they hold a 2-1 lead on aggregate.

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(Image: Getty Images Europe)
(Image: Getty Images Europe)
(Image: Getty)

The Blaugrana are believed to have shifted focus away from Coutinho and towards Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen and Nice’s Jean-Michael Seri.

Coutinho faces an embarrassing comedown but is now blaming the Catalan club for putting pressure on him for sending the now notorious email.

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The No.10 has been out with a back problem but will be welcomed back into the first team after talks have taken place.

The second leg of the Champions League play-off with Hoffenheim has come too soon, but Coutinho could return against Arsenal next weekend.

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