The Premier league’s most complicated transfer saga involved the Brazil star being ruled out with for Liverpool’s first three league games with a stress-related back injury and then scoring for Brazil.
Jurgen Klopp has stood by the story that the Anfield hero is nursing a genuine medical problem – and not just biding his time before a last-gasp Barcelona move.
The German needs his best team out for Saturday’s early kick-off against Pep Guardiola men’s but has admitted his star playmaker could return to the missing list.
Klopp said: “Nothing else to say, actually, so he’s back and we had a really good conversation, so good.
“It’s of course different because Phil, I know what people think, but Phil had the back problem a few weeks ago and couldn’t train so that means he missed around about three weeks.