sport news Coutinho's 'sadness' at not moving to Barcelona - Neymar

Neymar has revealed that his Brazil team-mate Philippe Coutinho is in a state of 'anguish, disappointment and sadness' after being unable to secure a move to Barcelona this summer.

The Liverpool playmaker returned to action in the early hours of Friday morning, scoring in Brazil's 2-0 win over Ecuador, having recovered from a curious back injury which has sidelined him throughout Liverpool's start to the Premier League campaign.

Coutinho came off the bench on the hour-mark in the World Cup qualifier and Neymar — who became the most expensive player in the world with his £198million switch to Paris Saint-Germain this summer — was happy for the Liverpool man to make a successful comeback following a summer in transfer limbo.

Philippe Coutinho is in a state of 'anguish, disappointment and sadness', according to Neymar

Philippe Coutinho is in a state of 'anguish, disappointment and sadness', according to Neymar

Coutinho made a return to action, scoring for Brazil, after being sidelined with a back injury

Coutinho made a return to action, scoring for Brazil, after being sidelined with a back injury

And Neymar was happy for his 'friend' to score after Coutinho's Nou Camp switch fell through 

And Neymar was happy for his 'friend' to score after Coutinho's Nou Camp switch fell through 

'Unfortunately, instead of being a happy time for him

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