Philippe Coutinho completes transfer as Liverpool star urged to make decision

Philippe Coutinho has moved to Brazil
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Liverpool is in full swing preparing for the upcoming Premier League season under the guidance of new head coach Arne Slot.

Slot is overseeing pre-season training as he gears up for his inaugural season as head coach. The Reds will be jetting off to the United States later this month for a series of friendly matches against Real Betis, Arsenal, and Manchester United.

Away from the training ground, Liverpool continue to be linked with a host of potential new signings in the summer transfer window. However, no new faces have been added to the squad ahead of Slot's first season in charge at Anfield.

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Philippe Coutinho seals transfer

Ex-Liverpool ace Philippe Coutinho has finalized a move to Vasco da Gama. Coutinho, who departed the Reds for Barcelona back in January 2018, has joined the Brazilian team on a season-long loan. The 32-year-old has temporarily left Aston Villa and will now ply his trade at the club where he kick-started his career in Brazil.

Villa confirmed on Wednesday that Coutinho has exited the club to return to Brazil on loan. After spending last season on loan in Qatar with Al Duhail, Coutinho is set for another loan stint away from his parent club.

Diogo Jota receives message

Ex-Liverpool ace Steve Nicol has advised Diogo Jota to return to pre-season training at the earliest opportunity. Jota was part of the Portugal team that fell to Spain in the quarterfinals of Euro 2024 last week. The Reds' No. 20 is now set for a summer break before heading back to Merseyside for pre-season training.

However, Nicol believes that Jota should forego his break and instead make an early return to Liverpool to participate in Arne Slot's pre-season plans. "If I’m Diogo Jota I’m going straight to the training camp, I’m not having a break," Nicol told ESPN.

"For two reasons: One, you want to get in the team, you want to get into the starting XI, you want to be one of the three that we think is going to be playing up-front. But he’s also missed a lot of last season. So, fatigue or anything like that isn’t going to come into his thinking. If I’m him as soon as I can I’m getting my boots and I’m getting myself down to Anfield and making sure that I start training and start showing this guy (Slot) what I’m all about."