Philippe Coutinho reveals Liverpool messages and makes transfer request ahead of Man City title clash

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Philippe Coutinho has revealed he received messages of support from a number of Liverpool fans ahead of Sunday’s Premier League clash with Manchester City but is only focused on helping his new club.

The Brazilian midfielder joined Aston Villa on loan from Barcelona in January, a move which has since been made permanent by Steven Gerrard’s side. Coutinho will be part of Villa’s squad this weekend hoping to do his former employers a big favor in the title chase, alongside Danny Ings and Gerrard.

Liverpool need three points against Wolves at Anfield but are also counting on opponents City to take at least one point from Pep Guardiola’s men to have a shot at top-flight glory. Fully aware of the circumstances ahead of the game at the Etihad, Coutinho admitted he was not allowing his past relationship with the Reds to weigh heavily on his mind.

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Previewing this weekend’s game, the 29-year-old told the Daily Mail: “It’s a great game to play. But we want to finish well against a big club and that’s it. We always want to improve, do well and finish as high as we can.

“I only care about my new club. I want to play well for them. I’ve had a lot of messages from Liverpool fans on social media, but I don’t watch it much anyway. I just focus on the games we have.

“City are one of the best teams in the world. It’s always difficult to face them. But we’ve faced them before and we did well and we competed throughout the game. That’s what we want to do. this time and compete at the same level.”

Coutinho produced the best football of his career during his five-year stint on Merseyside but left many fans disappointed after leaving Anfield to join Barcelona in January 2018. It was a move that didn’t quite work out for either side, although the Samba star has no regrets over his decision to sign for the La Liga giants.

“It wasn’t the experience I expected but life is like that,” he admitted. “The only time I was worried was when I had a serious injury. I was out for nine months and had three operations. I don’t regret anything. It’s all part of the ups and downs. lows in life. It was my dream to play for Barcelona since I was a kid, but now it’s in the past and I can’t wait to see my future here.

“I also learned a lot in that time. It was a very difficult time for me but it made me stronger in my head. From that moment on, it was important for me. It made me missed a lot and now I feel more love for the Game.”

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