By George Brooks
Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has declared himself fit to play for Brazil against England at Wembley on Tuesday, according to a report.
The Mirror claim that Liverpool were unhappy when the 25-year-old decided to join up with his national squad when he required treatment for a thigh injury.
However, his club and their manager Jurgen Klopp were powerless to prevent him from linking up with the five-time World Cup winners.
The Brazilian has missed the Reds’ last three games through injury but decided to continue his rehabilitation on international duty.
He missed Brazil’s 3-1 friendly win over Japan in Lyon on Friday but insists he is fit to face the Three Lions, which is likely to frustrate the Anfield boss.
The playmaker could potentially face off against his Liverpool teammates Joe Gomez and Dominic Solanke at Wembley, with both players having been named in Gareth Southgate’s England squad.
Coutinho scored 13 goals in 31 Premier League appearances for the Reds last season and a proposed £90m move to Spanish giants Barcelona was blocked in the summer.
Coutinho even asked for a transfer but Liverpool were adamant they weren’t selling.
He has made just eight starts for Liverpool this season but has been a standout player for Jurgen Klopp’s side, scoring four goals.
Liverpool return to Premier League action after the international break when they face Southampton at Anfield on Saturday.
In other Liverpool news, this 20-year-old has expressed his delight with being selected to play for his country.