Coutinho submits transfer request to Liverpool

Coutinho submits transfer request to Liverpool

The Brazilian has always been on Barcelona's radar as they sought a replacement for Neymar, who moved to PSG, and are believed to have had a £90m offer rejected by the Reds.

However, by lunch time on the eve of the club's season opener at Watford, they were anticipating his request with some media outlets reporting he had already sent it through.

Credible reports state that two Barcelona bids have been firmly rejected, the first of which was £72m last month and the second of £90m this week.

Sky Sports are now reporting the Brazilian has taken the matter into his own hands as he formally requests to be sold.

"Liverpool is not a club that has to sell players".

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In a statement on Friday, the club's owners said its "definitive stance" was that "no offers will be considered".

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"If FSG is saying something like this, then that's the statement", Klopp noted in his pre-match media briefing.

Liverpool were hoping to add Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton but withdrew their interest in the Dutch centre back after Saints accused them of making an illegal approach.

"The doc told me he was not 100 per-cent so we left him at home, but he was part of all sessions and was all good", Klopp said.

The news is the latest blow for Barcelona in their plans to rebuild their squad after Neymar's move to Paris St Germain for 222-million euros (R3.4-billion) debilitated their attack. Phil is not available for us and that for me is the bigger issue.

However, Klopp admitted: "I can't keep players happy. The rest is between me and all the boys".

The statement this morning, standing firm on Coutinho's status as a Liverpool player for now and into the season, comes at an interesting time.

Coutinho, who scored 14 goals in all competitions last season, signed a new five-year deal in January that did not include a release clause.

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