Photo: Philippe Coutinho sends heartfelt message to Liverpool team-mate

The Liverpool midfielder dedicates a special birthday message to Lucas Leiva on the Brazilian's 30th birthday

Philippe Coutinho has taken to Instagram to wish his Liverpool team-mate Lucas Leiva a happy 30th birthday.

Liverpool’s longest-serving player endured a disappointing start to his birthday after the Reds were held to a frustrating goalless draw with League Two side Plymouth in the FA Cup third round at Anfield on Sunday afternoon.

Lucas started alongside Joe Gomez at centre-half as Jurgen Klopp’s fielded the youngest Liverpool since 1965 before he turned to his big guns Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Adam Lallana in search of a winner.

Liverpool won’t have time to dwell on their third-round disappointment as Klopp’s side make the long trip to Southampton in the first leg of their EFL Cup semi-final on Wednesday night.

And Coutinho, who returned to first-team training earlier this month, posted the above photo on his Instagram page and wrote the following caption:

“Happy birthday Brother ❗️🎊🎈🎂 GOD bless you today and always, much happiness in your life is what we want. We love you”

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Liverpool are in second place in the Premier League table but five points adrift of leaders Chelsea.

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