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Philippe Coutinho declared fit for Brazil’s upcoming qualifiers

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Philippe Coutinho was declared fit for Brazil’s upcoming qualifiers, despite the midfielder not having reported for duty with the Red this season because of a stated back injury.

Philippe Coutinho, who has officially handed a transfer request to the Liverpool board, is leaving no stone unturned to force a move to the Camp Nou. Moreover, Barça have stepped up their activities en course to secure Coutinho’s services too after Neymar’s departure, as the Catalan giants are determined to convince the LFC board to secure the services of the Brazilian starlet to fill the void left by Neymar.

Though he has not appeared in any of Liverpool’s four games on the young campaign, he was called into Tite’s Brazil squad for the team’s matches against Ecuador and Colombia on Aug. 31 and Sept. 5, respectively.

According to ESPN FC, the former Inter Milan man hasn’t sustained any sort of injuries and will begin training with his teammates on Tuesday.

However, before joining the national team in Porto Alegre, Coutinho paid a quick visit on Sunday to Rio de Janeiro-based doctor Michael Simoni, who has known the former Vasco da Gama star for years.

Liverpool have already turned down three bids for Coutinho thus far, with the latest being worth a total of £118m. However, Liverpool are reportedly ready to negotiate Philippe Coutinho’s big-money move to Barcelona. The Reds have performed an incredible U-turn after owners Fenway Sports Group and Coutinho’s representatives held a meeting with a “very positive outcome” on Friday.

“He’s a bit anxious about the possibility of changing club,” said Simoni. “Of course we talked about this possible transfer, about the things that are in his heart right now. His back pains, in my opinion, are explained by this anxiety. Muscular tension normally does that.”

Teammate Renato Augusto commented on Coutinho’s situation after Brazil training on Monday, saying he was pleased to have the Liverpool man with the team.

“I didn’t have the opportunity to talk to him yet. But I believe that he’ll be all right and ready to play,” the former Corinthians and Bayer Leverkusen man said.

“He’s one of the best players in the world and, regardless of the transfer, it’s important to have him with us. The main thing for him is to be happy.”