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