COUTINHO WILL KOP IT Fit-again Liver­pool star is fac­ing Klopp fury if he plays at Wem­b­ley

Sunday Mirror - - PUZZLES - BY SI­MON MULLOCK Chief Foot­ball Writer Eng­land to win The draw 2 Brazil to win

PHILIPPE COUTINHO is pre­pared to risk the wrath of Jur­gen Klopp by declar­ing him­self fit to face Eng­land.

The Brazil­ian play­maker has missed Liver­pool’s last three games with a thigh in­jury, but de­cided to con­tinue his re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion on in­ter­na­tional duty.

Coutinho was left out of Brazil’s 3-1 vic­tory over Ja­pan in Lyon on Fri­day.

But the ex­pec­ta­tion is that he will be ready for the friendly against Eng­land at Wem­b­ley on Tues­day night.

And that will not im­press Kop boss Klopp (below), who has seen his Samba Boys star make just eight starts for Liver­pool this sea­son af­ter a pro­posed £90mil­lion move to Barcelona was blocked in the sum­mer.

The Catalan club have re­tained their in­ter­est in the 25-year-old – and now Paris Saint-Ger­main are mon­i­tor­ing Coutinho af­ter be­ing urged to sign the at­tack­ing mid­fielder by his Brazil team-mate Ney­mar.

Liver­pool have in­sisted the South Amer­i­can is stay­ing at An­field.

The Merseysiders were un­happy when he de­cided to link up with Brazil when he re­quired treat­ment, but were pow­er­less to pre­vent him join­ing the squad and his na­tional medics in­sist he is win­ning his race to be fit for Wem­b­ley. Com­pe­ti­tion for places in coach Tite’s squad ahead of next sum­mer’s World Cup is fierce. No fewer than seven of his play­ers ply their trade in Eng­land – and there is a pos­si­bil­ity that Manch­ester City keeper Eder­son could win his sec­ond Brazil cap, af­ter im­press­ing at the Eti­had fol­low­ing his £35m ar­rival from Ben­fica in the sum­mer.

His City team-mate Gabriel Je­sus re­vealed he is tak­ing noth­ing for granted when it comes to the World Cup.

Je­sus scored against Ja­pan to take his tally for Brazil to seven in just 12 games, but the 20-year-old said: “It is said that I am al­ready cer­tain to be called to the World Cup, but I think that it is a bit too hasty.

“This is the Brazil­ian team, so I don’t see it that way. No one has a guar­an­teed seat. To­day you can play, to­mor­row there is some­one else in your place.

“You get a place be­cause you de­serve it and do a good job both in the na­tional team and your club.

“I try to do as much with Brazil as when I am with Manch­ester City. I can al­ways im­prove.”

HEAD­ING FOR TROU­BLE: Coutinho could be in hot wa­ter with Kop boss Jur­gen Klopp

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