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Liverpool chief responds to Coutinho abuse as ‘fit’ star trains with Brazil

Date Posted,August 29, 2017

As Philippe Coutinho continued his recovery from injury with Brazil, Liverpool CEO Peter Moore was moved to respond to abuse on Twitter about his potential sale.

Time is getting away from Barcelona if they are to succeed in getting their number one target after a sage that has been a mainstay of the transfer window.

Coutinho’s back injury has prevented him from playing a single match this season but he was again playing a full role in training on Tuesday with the national team.

And he’s set to take part when Brazil play Ecuador in 2018 World Cup qualifying in the early hours of Friday morning.

Philippe Coutinho continues preparations for Brazil’s clash with Ecuador (Image: Getty)
Coutinho is ready to play for his national team after missing Liverpool’s opening five games (Image: Getty)

With the star forward appearing the relish his return to action with his national team, Moore has been drawn to respond to online criticism of the Reds’ owners.

Moore, whose remit does not include a hands-on role with transfer business, took to Twitter to respond to one supporter worried over a potential sale of the Brazilian, as the Liverpool Echo reports.

A tweet from fan Tyler Smith (@Tyl3r_Smith) read: “So much for keeping Coutinho. FSG are a bunch of s***houses with a sell to buy policy. Clubs going no-where”.

Moore responded: “My sincere apologies, but I know not of what you speak.”

Brazil’s star-studded squad are training at the Beira Rio stadium (Image: Getty)

The Reds remain adamant the playmaker is not going to be sold in this window, in keeping with their public statement, made on August 11, detailing their intentions of Coutinho remaining at Anfield.

“We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho,” it read. “The club’s definitive stance is that no offers for Philippe will be considered and he will remain a member of Liverpool Football Club when the summer window closes.”

The club have rejected three bids for the midfielder rising well over £100m.

But despite missing the opening five games of the campaign due to a back injury and illness, Coutinho reported for international duty with Brazil on Monday and has been passed fit by the medical staff in South America.

On Monday night, a Brazil team doctor said Coutinho’s injury was the result of stress but that he had now fully recovered.

Neymar during Brazil training on Tuesday (Image: AFP)

Michael Simoni said: “Coutinho back problem? He is okay now. The back problem was a matter of stress, it was something emotional.

“The uncertainty about his future led him to feeling stressed. Everything is solved now.

“Coutinho and I are friends since years, I always treat his medical cases. All he needed was someone to give him a pep talk.”

It was reported on Tuesday that his Brazil team-mate Neymar had warned Coutinho off a move to Barcelona.

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