Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho submits transfer request amid Barcelona interest

Liverpool midfielder Philippe Coutinho submits transfer request amid Barcelona interest

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

Klopp, however, is determined to win the Premier League title this season by retaining Coutinho, Liverpool's top scorer with 14 goals in all competitions last season when the Reds finished fourth.

Klopp comments on CoutinhoI can not say a lot about it.

Philippe Coutinho has formally asked to leave Liverpool this lunchtime, as the player looks to secure a move to Barcelona.

The FSG president, Mike Gordon, held talks with the Brazilian last week in Munich, where Liverpool were competing in the Audi Cup, to reiterate the owner's determination to keep him at Anfield. With Coutinho's request, both players have now made it clear their positions.

But Coutinho, 25, is now trying to force through a move himself after emailing in an official transfer request.

On Friday morning, Fenway Sports Group released a statement saying "no offers will be considered" for FC Barcelona target Coutinho this summer.

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Coutinho retaliated a few hours later by emailing Edwards.

He will not be available to face Watford this weekend, however, and is a doubt for the first leg of the Champions League qualifying play-off against Hoffenheim on Tuesday, after failing to recover from a back injury.

They had two previous bids rejected by the Premier League side but could yet come back with an offer in excess of £100 million.

"That's the way it will go, there's nothing else to say about it". The player is not in team training. I have never had bosses [that do things I do not like]. It is completely normal. If you are not happy you will not be happy if I say be happy.

Former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise has taken to social media platform Twitter to let know his verdict on the saga.

The player has already informed Jurgen Klopp about his desire to join Barcelona and felt that despite knowing about his wish, the club and the manager have treated him in an unfair way.

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