Coutinho in confident mood ahead of new season 

Philippe Coutinho has returned to pre-season training at Melwood confident Liverpool will enjoy a successful 2017-18 campaign.

The Brazil forward rejoined his team-mates after being given an extended break due to his international commitments earlier in the summer.

“I am very happy to be back here and I am ready to start pre-season,” Coutinho told the club’s official website.

“I had a very good summer with my family and friends in Brazil and had enough time to rest and enjoy it. To be honest, it was not that hot there… but still a little bit warmer than here!

“But it was nice to come back in and see my teammates. I am not training with them yet, but soon I will be back with them and I am looking forward to that.”

Coutinho was Liverpool’s top scorer last season with 14 goals in all competitions and he’s looking to beat that mark this time out.

“I am working, every day I try to improve and I hope this season I can do even better than the last season, I am always aiming to improve.”

“It was a good season. Of course, we wanted to win something, but we are ready here to start again to do everything to have a better season.”

“Everyone has big confidence and this is the key for the players. I am confident – I think everyone is.”

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