Philippe Coutinho hands in Liverpool transfer request after Barcelona bids

Lynette Rowe
August 12, 2017

Liverpool's owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG) have also released a statement on their club's website saying that they'll consider no offers for the Brazil global.

Barcelona are keen to sign the Brazilian playmaker, who joined Liverpool from Inter Milan for £8.5m in 2013, and have already had an initial bid worth £72m rejected.

Having swiftly turned down two bids from the Catalan club for the Brazil worldwide - the last of which totalled €100 million - Fenway Sports Group have supported Jurgen Klopp's repeated insistence that the 25-year-old is not for sale this summer at any cost.

Liverpool will not win the Premier League or Champions League this season regardless of whether they keep Philippe Coutinho, according to club icon Graeme Souness.

Philippe Coutinho is staying at Liverpool Football Club until at least next summer.

Klopp told reporters on Friday that Coutinho would miss Liverpool's opening Premier League game against Watford on Saturday because of a back injury and is doubtful for Tuesday's Champions League qualifier first leg in Hoffenheim. "For me the bigger issue is that he is unable to play", he said.

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This is simply a sideshow to Barcelona's transfer business, but the possibility of one of the clubs considering Inaki is reasonable.

Jurgen Klopp hinted at Coutinho's unhappiness in his press conference. "All the rest is just between me and all the boys, not just Phil".

At 1pm on Friday Sky Sports News revealed Coutinho had handed in a transfer request, with Liverpool confirming they had received, and rejected, the request an hour later. Over the last few seasons he has been good even though he is still getting better.

That's thanks to Barcelona's transfer intentions, and the possibility of Liverpool or Dortmund, or perhaps both, finding an extra €100m+ in their accounts pretty soon.

"If we bring in players it's because I like and want them", Klopp added.

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