COUTINHO SAYS ‘COUNT ON ME’

Daily Mirror - - SPORTS - BY DAVID AN­DER­SON Ata­lanta 1 1 0 0 3 0 3 Ap Li­mas­sol 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 Lyon 1 0 1 0 1 1 1 Ever­ton 1 0 0 1 0 3 0 BY JOHN CROSS

GROUP E TA­BLE PHILIPPE COUTINHO in­sists he has over­come his sum­mer melt­down and is committed to Liverpool.

The Brazil star put in a trans­fer re­quest and was des­per­ate to join Barcelona after they made a huge of­fer for him.

But after Liverpool held firm and re­fused to sell, Coutinho has now been in­te­grated back into the squad with spec­tac­u­lar re­sults, scor­ing in his last two games.

He said: “I’m calm. It’s all passed by, I’m here to give my max­i­mum.” The An­field mid­fielder, 25, is con­vinced the Reds will reach the Cham­pi­ons League knock­out stage – and that will help him make the Brazil squad for the World Cup fi­nals next sum­mer.

Liverpool were held by Spar­tak Moscow and have now just two points from their open­ing two games.

He said: “It wasn’t the re­sult we wanted, but we have to keep work­ing. There are four games to go and we can make it.

“With ev­ery Brazil call-up I want to de­velop and for us de­velop as a team in or­der to be suc­cess­ful.” JOHN STONES has warned Chelsea they will be fac­ing Manch­ester City’s mean ma­chine on Satur­day.

Stones (right) is the linch­pin of City’s miserly de­fence, which has con­ceded just three goals in the Pre­mier League.

The two sides meet at Stam­ford Bridge and Stones said: “To keep clean sheets has been a big tar­get and we’ve been de­fen­sively solid.

“It’s about car­ry­ing that on now. It’s a big thing for me and it’s as sat­is­fy­ing as the boys up top scor­ing.”

MOS-GLOW Coutinho cel­e­brates mak­ing it level at Spar­tak

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