Philippe Coutinho personally hands in transfer request but Liverpool standing firm

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The Brazil worldwide emailed a transfer request yesterday to Liverpool's sporting director, Michael Edwards, in direct response to a statement from the club's owner, Fenway Sports Group, that he will not be sold this summer.

Barcelona are thought to be eager on recruiting Coutinho and, according to Sky Sports News, the main reason he wants to leave Liverpool is because, as a Brazilian, he finds it impossible to turn down interest from the Camp Nou.

The statement on Coutinho from Liverpool's owners 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 weakened their attack.

The midfielder has also been ruled out of the Reds' Premier League opener against Watford.

Klopp said Coutinho had not trained for a week since sustaining his injury.

Liverpool will not be selling Coutinho at any price.

FSG's statement was an endorsement of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's previous comments that Coutinho was not going anywhere.

Liverpool Football Club have announced their 32 man squad for their double headed Champions League play-off fixture against Hoffenheim set to take place this month.

"I think I have said it already a few times, but maybe that's not 100 percent clear".

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.

The Gazetta report does claim that Can has rejected the Reds contract offer. He was not in training since last Friday.

And, sometimes, the less said the better - unfortunately, he's not our only problem right now.

At a press conference to preview the Watford game, held before Edwards' inbox received Coutinho's email, Klopp admitted: "I can't keep players happy" but later expressed confidence his prized asset would not push for a transfer. Phil is not available for us and that for me is the bigger issue.

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