Coutinho requests transfer from Liverpool?


Coutinho requests transfer from Liverpool?

Philippe Coutinho has handed in a transfer request at Liverpool to force a move to Barcelona.

On Friday it was reported by Sky Sports that Coutinho submitted a transfer request via email, with Barcelona being his preferred destination.

On Wednesday, the Reds rejected a 100 million euros bid (£90 million) from Barcelona for the 25-year-old, who is out of today's trip to Watford with injury.

Liverpool have denied receiving any such request and yesterday morning, Fenway Sports Group released a statement saying "no offers will be considered" for Barcelona target Coutinho this summer, with manager Jurgen Klopp backing the owners' sentiments.

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

This statement comes a day after Klopp reiterated that Liverpool are not a selling club and they intend to hold onto their star man.

The statement issued by FSG read: "We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho".

Following what was a rather topsy-turvy beginning to the morning in which it wasn't clear if Coutinho had submitted a transfer request or not, Liverpool's Spanish Twitter account appeared to poke fun at Barca with a amusing post.

Coutinho will nonetheless be missing from the Watford match with a back problem that could also rule him out of the first leg of a Champions League qualifying play-off away to German club Hoffenheim on Tuesday.

Questioned on whether his job now was to keep Coutinho happy, Klopp added: "I can't keep players happy". We had the [Robert] Lewandowski thing [at Dortmund] and that was hard when he went to Bayern on a free transfer. A lot of different things. If we ask early enough, we try to do it. Though it stinks that his tenure at the club will possibly end soon, the fact that the club is firm in its stance not to sell is what every big club should be like. It's about doing it in the right moment.

Mohamed Salah from Roma will look to impress early and Watford have brought in some steady performing players from EPL plus Kiko Femenia from Spain. That is how I understand.

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