Coutinho faces bat­tle to win over sup­port­ers

Sunday Independent (Ireland) - Sport - - SPORT | SOCCER -

LIVER­POOL will next week be­gin the task of rein­te­grat­ing Philippe Coutinho into their squad as the fall­out from Barcelona’s failed bid to sign the mid­fielder threat­ens to fur­ther desta­bilise his po­si­tion at An­field.

Yesterday, the Brazil­ian was of­fi­cially named in Liver­pool’s 25-man Premier League squad for the rest of the sea­son and is ex­pected back, prob­a­bly on Thurs­day, af­ter Brazil’s World Cup qual­i­fier in Colom­bia.

In the­ory, he will be avail­able for Liver­pool’s next game at Manch­ester City next Saturday, but with­out him Jur­gen Klopp’s side have im­pressed and he is un­likely to go straight into the team.

Coutinho will face a strug­gle to re­store his rep­u­ta­tion among sup­port­ers, with large numbers tak­ing to so­cial me­dia to ex­press their un­hap­pi­ness about a player who ear­lier this year signed a new five-year deal.

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