Coutinho submits transfer request

Vincent De Villiers
Agosto 12, 2017

Premier League side Liverpool have released a statement on Brazilian star Philippe Coutinho's future at the club amid FC Barcelona's reported interest in the player.

The Sky Sports report, which was originally refuted by multiple outlets, would eventually be confirmed with Coutinho being said to have made his request via email.

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

Coutinho will miss Liverpool's Premier League season-opener at Watford this weekend and is a doubt for next week's Champions League playoff with Hoffenheim due to a back injury.

Equally there is anger on the club's part that Coutinho submitted a transfer request having been told in face-to-face meetings with the owners and Klopp that such a move would not be entertained. "He has tremendous love for the club and its fans but, like Steven Gerrard and Luis Suárez have pointed out in the past, Liverpool does not let its players leave on amicable terms".

We've already seen this summer that despite the amount of willy waving going on in the transfer market so far and the ridiculous sums of money being thrown around, that clubs don't actually have to sell their players.

A family member was quoted as telling Sky Sports: "Philippe has tried really hard to find an amicable solution but to no avail".

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"I turned 50 in the summer, so maybe I forget things like this".

Barcelona want Coutinho to replace Neymar following his compatriot's 222 million-euro transfer to PSG last week.

"Well, I think if anybody goes to Manchester City or Manchester United, with a similar offer for a similar player they'd say 'get lost.' They don't have to be a selling club".

In the press conference, Klopp was asked about trying to keep Coutinho happy.

Klopp said: "It's like I said: the club is bigger than anybody".

The Brazilian global has been in the headlines today as he's set to sit out the Reds' Premier League opener against Watford tomorrow afternoon with a back injury but his long-term future at Anfield is in serious doubt.

'He has back problems and was not in training since last Friday, ' Klopp said.

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