Philippe Coutinho set for return to Liverpool

By Mirror: Tuesday, February 13th 2018 at 08:47 GMT +3 | Gossip & Rumours

Philippe Coutinho is poised to return to Liverpool later this year - to play in an international friendly at Anfield.

Liverpool chiefs are in advanced talks with Brazil and Croatia's football federations about hosting the World Cup warm-up game before they travel to Russia, report the Liverpool Echo.

Coutinho set to return to Anfield [Photo: Courtesy]

Sunday, June 3 has been penciled in and it would pit Liverpool duo Roberto Firmino and Dejan Lovren against each other.

It would also see Coutinho back at Anfield - five months after completing a record-breaking £142million move to Barcelona.

Coutinho could return to England with his country Brazil [Photo: Courtesy]

A sell-out crowd would be guaranteed with Neymar also likely to feature for Brazil. Roma keeper Alisson, who has attracted interest from Liverpool, could also be involved.

Stamford Bridge had been considered as a venue for the game but reports in Croatia suggest that Lovren pushed for Anfield to be used instead

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Coutinho left Liverpool for Barcelona [Photo: Courtesy]

Croatia were keen to play South American opposition as they have been drawn in the same group as Argentina. The World Cup in Russia starts on June 14.