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Philippe Coutinho Correia | Midfielder | #10

Team: Liverpool
Age / DOB:  (25) / 6/12/1992
Ht / Wt:  5'7" / 150

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Kloop has shot down rumors linking star midfielder Philippe Coutinho with a summer transfer.
Reports across Europe claim Barcelona is considering a summer move for Coutinho, with Neymar lobbying the club for his Brazilian teammate. But with Liverpool on the verge of Champions League, Klopp said he can control who stays and who goes: "There are absolutely no plans [to sell]. What our owners say is there is the absolute opportunity not to sell anybody if we do not want to. That means we can bring in other players and it is a good situation. We have a stable squad with a good basis. We want to bring a few in with fresh blood, but nobody will leave us without our say so I am completely relaxed about this." May 16 - 1:12 PM
Source: Sky Sports

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The dead leg Philippe Coutinho sustained in Liverpool's Monday night win over Watford is not serious and signs are positive the Brazilian playmaker will be available for selection this Sunday when the Reds host Southampton.

It looks to be a bullet dodged for Jurgen Klopp and the club, as Coutinho returned to training as soon as Wednesday and all reports point toward the player responding well to the injury he suffered when colliding with the Hornets' Adrian Mariappa. Naturally with Sadio Mane done for the season along with Jordan Henderson as well as the unreliable health of Daniel Sturridge, Liverpool will be quite pleased that Adam Lallana made a successful return from injury on Monday and that Coutinho appears ready to jump back into action as they look to secure a Top 4 finish. If you have Coutinho in your draft league, plan to use him this weekend. Those in weekly salary leagues may want consider though that it could be a short shift for Coutinho, perhaps only an hour of pitch time.
May 5 - 5:08 AM

Liverpool squeaked past Watford to add three points to their Champions League aspirations, but star playmaker Philippe Coutinho left the match early with a dead leg.

Coutinho is one fantasy's most standout figures, regardless of format, so owners will want to breathe a sigh of relief after Jurgen Klopp would report post match that the injury to the Brazilian international is not serious. The incident occurred about 10 minutes into the contest when Coutinho collided with Watford's Adrian Mariappa and Coutinho took hard contact to his right thigh. The medical staff quickly wrapped the area up and Coutinho reported on his Instagram account that the injury is not serious. On a positive note, Adam Lallana came on to replace Coutinho, looked sharp, and finished the match no worse for the wear. The Reds are now third in the table, three points above Manchester City, four above Manchester United. However, both Manchester sides have a game in hand, so we have a real three-way battle for the final two Champions League spots. Expect Coutinho to be in contention next weekend.
Source: Daily Mail
May 2 - 3:48 AM

There's no doubt who Liverpool will rely upon to fill the void left by Saido Mane following a 2-1 win against Stoke City.

Mane, undoubtedly the star of Liverpool's season thus far, was ruled out earlier this week for the remainder of the season with knee surgery likely. But manager Juergen Klopp seemed to make matters more difficult for himself by leaving Roberto Firmino and Philippe Coutinho out of the starting lineup for youngsters Ben Woodburn and Trent Alexander-Arnold. But at halftime, everything changed for the reds. On came the Brazilian attackers, who within two minutes of each other turned a 1-0 deficit into a 2-1 lead. It started in the 70th minute with Coutinho, who was a doubt to play after missing training this week due to illness and then Firmino issued the game-winner in the 72nd with a half-volley for Liverpool's first road win of 2017.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 8 - 12:03 PM

Philippe Coutinho was the star player on the day, scoring a brilliant goal and providing an assist as Liverpool once again have their way with their crosstown rivals Everton in a 3-1 win.

Liverpool would go on top before the ten minute mark and not look back, with Sadio Mane opening the scoring, playing a 1-2 with Roberto Firmino before racing to the left edge of the box and then sent a low shot that tucked inside the far post. Everton would level the match just before the half hour mark but Coutinho put the Reds ahead to stay for good just three minutes later, taking a pass from Lucas near the center circle, then dribbling into the left side of the area, switched the ball to his right foot and sent a classic curler past a helpless Joel Robles. Mane had to exit the match early with an injury, but his replacement, Divock Origi, scored on the hour mark, latching onto a pretty pass by Coutinho before firing home. After a couple of months with little production, Coutinho made his presence known once again today.
Source: NBC Sports
Apr 1 - 9:35 AM

Liverpool's top four hopes were dealt another blow after a 3-1 defeat at Leicester City on Monday.

It was night to forget at the King Power Stadium for Liverpool as Leicester City looked like the side that won the title last season, while the visitors were sluggish. Liverpool found themselves facing a two goal deficit at half-time as Jamie Vardy and Daniel Drinkwater buried a pair of chances inside 39 minutes, with Vardy adding a third 15 minutes after half-time. Jurgen Klopp's side would pull one back in the 68th minute through Phillippe Coutinho, but his near-post finish was too little too late. The defeat for Liverpool means they stay in 5th place, on 50 points, and remain just one point above 6th placed Manchester United.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 27 - 5:35 PM

Liverpool have ended any rumors regarding the future of Philippe Coutinho by agreeing to terms with the Brazilian international on a new contract that will carry until 2022

Supporters of Liverpool can collectively exhale as arguably the centerpiece of the franchise has committed his future to the club. Once clubs like Barcelona let it be known that they are interested in a player, it is best to make that player happy and the Reds apparently did that with this new contract, which incidentally does not include a release clause. Coutinho has flourished under the leadership of Jurgen Klopp and will continue to be a top player in the PL, both in fantasy and reality.
Source: Sky Sports
Jan 25 - 4:38 AM

Southampton took a 1-0 advantage over Liverpool in the first leg of the EFL Cup semi-final, but the Reds were able to get Philippe Coutinho back into action.

James Milner also returned, in a starting role, after shaking off a minor calf complaint. Coutinho, meanwhile, came on for the final half hour of the match and had an immediate impact on what was a previously ineffective attack. The Brazilian's return should see his compatriot, Roberto Firmino, shift back to the central role of a false nine formation going forward, but, as much as Jurgen Klopp would like to name Coutinho to his XI this weekend against Manchester United, the manager may ease the playmaker back with another role from the bench. With Sadio Mane off to AFCON, we should see a front three of Firmino, Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge in the coming weeks with Divock Origi another option.
Jan 12 - 6:01 AM

Jürgen Klopp confirmed Philippe Coutinho "is fit enough" to be involved on Wednesday night after stepping up his recovery from injury.

Liverpool take on Southampton in the semi-final of the EFL Cup at Anfield and the Brazilian star looks set to be named in the match day squad following his return to training last week. Coutinho hasn’t featured since damaging ankle ligaments against Sunderland in November but Klopp could give 24-year-old minutes from the bench with one eye on this weekend’s trip to Old Trafford. The Reds boss also hinted that Loris Karius could start in goal. James Milner appears to be over his recent calf problem, but Jordan Henderson is still feeling [heel] pain although he is a "good way" and is hoping to rejoin the main group on Thursday. Joel Matip is making progress and could come back into contention for the FA Cup replay at Plymouth in 10 days.
Jan 9 - 10:21 AM

Liverpool will continue to be without Philippe Coutinho and Joel Matip for Monday's trip to Sunderland.

Both starters were originally expected to return from ankle injuries to face Manchester City on New Years Eve, but now look to be assessed more on a game-to-game basis. However, the club didn't seem to miss the duo much with Ragnar Klavan helping the side to a clean sheet and Georginio Wijnaldum scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win against City. Said Klopp on the pair's fitness: "I don't believe in miracles. Nobody told me they can do what you have to do when you want to play a football game in two days, so no chance...We will make a line-up, then the medical department gives me the opportunity to, if I have no choice then the players who are fit will play."
Jan 1 - 3:43 PM

Philippe Coutinho had been targeting a return on New Year's Eve when Liverpool take on Manchester City, but the Brazilian's ankle is still keeping him out of training and Jurgen Klopp categorized Coutinho's chances of returning for New Year's Eve as "very unlikely".

FPL managers should have dropped Coutinho by now, so news of a delayed return does not hurt too much, but for those who own him in draft leagues will be disappointed. The Reds turn around and play again on January 2nd against Sunderland, so one would assume Coutinho is likely to miss that match as well. That would set up a return for Week 20, when the Reds play Manchester United. It would be wise to hold Coutinho out until he is ready as Klopp will need to depend on him in January as Sadio Mane will be absent for some time playing in the Africa Cup of Nations.
Source: Daily Star
Sat, Dec 24, 2016 05:40:00 AM

Philippe Coutinho reveals he is targeting a return against Man City on New Year’s Eve although Jürgen Klopp wouldn’t be drawn on whether the Brazilian star could be ready in time.

Speaking to Coutinho confirmed his recovery is "progressing well" with a view to facing Pep Guardiola’s side on December 31: "This is still my hope - to return for this game," he said. "The rehab is going really well. I can now walk without crutches and I am working well with the medical team. I'm pleased with how I am recovering." However, Klopp refused to give a specific timeframe as he dodged questions about Coutinho's potential return: "It would be cool [if he could return in game week 19]. He is improving a lot [but] we will have to see. [I have] no idea at the moment. I never rush a player back." Liverpool struggled initially following the injury to Coutinho, losing and drawing the next two matches, but their title charge looks to be back on track after back-to-back Premier League wins.
Source: Sky Sports
Wed, Dec 21, 2016 04:50:00 AM

Philippe Coutinho sustained ligament damage to his ankle in Liverpool's win over Sunderland this past weekend and the midfielder is set to be sidelined for about six weeks.

Coutinho's projected absence means we will not be seeing the playmaking Brazilian back in action until sometime in January 2017. It could not come at a much worse time as it occurs right during the busiest stretch, the festive period of the Premier League schedule. So, while he is to miss six weeks or thereabouts, he is likely to miss seven or eight league games. Jurgen Klopp's side does offer plenty of depth but are now dealing with the newest of a long series of Daniel Sturridge issues and await the return of Adam Lallana. A healthy Sturridge could push Roberto Firmino to Coutinho's wide position or, once Lallana returns, the Englishman could play in a more advanced wide role. Divock Origi stands to see more opportunities as well and could act as temporary help for fantasy managers.
Source: Daily Mail
Tue, Nov 29, 2016 05:39:00 AM

Philippe Coutinho looks to be this weekend’s big casualty after he was stretchered off at Anfield on Saturday.

As the little Brazilian cut inside, his heavy touch allowed Didier Ndong to step in and boot the ball clear. Coutinho stretched to block the punt, but his right ankle caught the full force of the Sunderland midfielder's follow-through and he was left writhing in agony on the turf. Coutinho signalled to the bench immediately and he was carried off with his leg in a protective brace. BBC pundit Martin Keown had this to say: "I'm speculating here but it looks like a really bad injury - possibly a broken foot or, at best a twisted ankle. That's a massive shame because he is the worst player Liverpool could be without." While across on BT Sport, ex-Newcastle and Tottenham midfielder Jermaine Jenas said: "I’ve seen quite of few of these injuries and there’s a ligament at the front of the ankle and it looks like [Ndong was stronger in the challenge] and his ankle snaps down. It’s a bad one."
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 11:19:00 AM

Jürgen Klopp admits Philippe Coutinho had a "little bit" of a problem but insists he did not take any risks with his Brazilian play maker.

Coutinho had been a slight doubt for the trip to St Mary’s after returning from international duty with a tight hamstring. However, following a battery of tests, Klopp was satisfied that the in-form Samba Star was ready and able to face Southampton. "Three things are important for me – what the doc says, what the scan says when you have one and what the player says," the Liverpool manager revealed post-match. "All were thumbs up so we let him run." Surprisingly, Coutinho played the full 90 minutes coming through the goalless encounter unscathed; a decision which was maybe influenced by the loss of Adam Lallana due to the groin injury he picked up playing for England: "It was serious enough to be not involved today and possibly the next two or three games. We don't know exactly in the moment but that was the only problem we had."
Source: The Express
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 05:50:00 AM