Ex-Liverpool chief Purslow: No way Coutinho was being sold

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The Brazil worldwide wanted to make the move to the Nou Camp but Liverpool held firm and turned down at least three bids from the Catalan giants, who were prepared to pay over £100m to land the 25-year-old.

Coutinho could now return to Premier League action during Saturday's early kick-off in Manchester.

The Brazilian, who saw his transfer request rejected despite a number of big money bids from Spanish giants Barcelona, has missed the opening of the season due to a back injury and illness, but was mysteriously fit to play for his country during the recent worldwide break.

Reports in Spain claim that Coutinho may even refuse to play in the Champions League to preserve his availability for Barcelona should a January move materialise.

Liverpool have now confirmed that the midfielder will rejoin training with the rest of the first-team squad following his return from global duty.

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"Both [Coutinho and Roberto Firmino] are fit, so that's cool".

'It's of course different because Phil, I know what people think, but Phil had the back problem a few weeks ago and couldn't train so that means he missed around about three weeks.

However, Coutinho realises that he will remain a Liverpool player until at least the January transfer window and is keen to avoid any bitter clashes with Jurgen Klopp and the club hierarchy.

'We always have the same decision to make, 'does he need training or can he play?' and all that stuff.

'Barca will never make a player stay if he tells us he wants to leave, as happens at other clubs in Europe, ' Bartomeu told Diario Sport. "Nothing else to say, actually, so he's back and we had a really good conversation, so good".

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