Liverpool insists Philippe Coutinho is "definitely" not for sale after Barcelona bids

Ross Houston
August 12, 2017

Merseyside club received the request directly from the player via email on Friday afternoon.

Hours after Liverpool's official statement on the transfer of Philippe Coutinho, the Brazilian reportedly handed in an official transfer request which created a huge furore.

The Brazil star responded to a statement issued yesterday morning by Reds bosses FSG, which definitively started he would NOT be sold during the current transfer window under any circumstance for any price - by slapping in his demand to leave.

However, Liverpool have rejected his transfer request as they play hard-ball with the Spanish giants who have already seen a £90m bid for the Brazilian playmaker rebuffed.

One respectable English media source the Independent, are of the opinion that Barcelona are set to switch their intentions to another 25-year-old performing in the English Premier League.

If FSG have said something like this, then that's the statement.

However, Liverpool have stated repeatedly via Klopp that Coutinho is not for sale.

But there is also a belief within the group that Liverpool will not cave in to Coutinho, who has been reminded he must maintain professional standards at all times and not let his discipline slip.

Coutinho hands in transfer requestHas Philippe Coutinho handed in a transfer request?

A statement was also released to Sky Sports News yesterday which was said to be from one of Coutinho's close family members.

"I don't think I ever told you anything about what I spoke to players (about)", he said.

Questioned on whether his job now was to keep Coutinho happy, Klopp added: "I can't keep players happy".

Coutinho has been targetted by Barcelona as the ideal replacement for Neymar following his world record move to Paris Saint-Germain but Liverpool were confident of keeping hold of the player as he signed a new long-term contract in January.

Daniel Sturridge also looks set to miss Saturday's trip to Vicarage Road with a thigh injury, joining Coutinho, Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana as players now unavailable to Klopp.

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