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Coutinho asks to leave Liverpool as Barcelona circle

12 August, 2017, 06:31 | Author: Joan Malone
  • Philippe Coutinho joined Liverpool from Inter Milan for £8.5 million in 2013

A member of Coutinho's family has told Sky Sports News that the player feels aggrieved at the way he has been treated by manager Klopp. However, his team Red Bull Leipzig have stood firm so far in the face of Liverpool's offer of £70 million.

However, it was later reported that Liverpool had, in fact, received and then rejected the Brazilian's request to leave the club.

Barcelona can discuss personal terms with Coutinho, but in the end that will not matter because they will still have to convince Liverpool to part ways with their best player.

Liverpool insisted on Friday that Philippe Coutinho would not be sold at any price amid reports the Brazil star has submitted a transfer request in a bid to force a move to Barcelona.

The Fenway Sports Group's rejection of a second bid of £90mil from Barcelona revealed that the club owners, led by John Henry, are serious about not selling the little magician at any price.

"Most of the other clubs come to us and say "by the way, we have a good player, do you want to buy him". And that is the way it will go".

Also on Friday, reports emerged that Coutinho himself had emailed in his transfer request.

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The Brazilian worldwide 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.

Barcelona have already had two offers rejected - the latest one said to around £90m - and Coutinho has remained silent throughout.

We finished seventh in Klopp's first season, fourth past year and a repeat top four finish will be good for the club's ambition to be continuously challenging in Europe's elite tournament, the Champions League.

Klopp today dismissed the notion that it is his responsibility to keep Coutinho happy at Anfield.

Neymar's departure earlier this month left the Catalan club with a huge hole in their lineup that needs filling, and a load of cash in their wallets, just waiting to be spent.

Some would say they would have £100m or more to splash out on replacements, but the money has been there all summer for Klopp to spend.

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