Coutinho Hands In Transfer Request At Liverpool

"The club's definitive stance is that no offers for Philippe will be considered and he will remain a member of Liverpool Football Club when the summer window closes", it read.

In response to that move from the owners, sporting director Michael Edwards was notified of the playmaker's intentions in the afternoon.

Liverpool did not respond to a request for comment.

The giant broadcaster alleged that they had spoken to the Brazilian's family, who revealed that he had written an email directly to the club asking to be allowed to join Barcelona in the wake of FSG's statement.

It might need manager Jurgen Klopp and the Anfield board to sit down with Coutinho and ask him to put his ambitions to move to one of the big Spanish clubs on to the back burner for 12 months and see where Liverpool are at that point.

The German club confirmed they met Barca representatives but the offer did not meet their valuation of the France global.

This time, Fenway and Klopp have both invested personal capital in facing Couthino and Barcelona down. That is set in stone. "No price at which we are ready to give in". With speculation mounting and rumours of falsified injuries and missing training sessions, the owners have swooped in with a statement that should take much of the heat off of Jurgen Klopp ahead of the Premier League renewal - if not prolonging the inevitable, if not by a few weeks then by a year.

Barcelona have also had a bid rejected for Borussia Dortmund's 20-year-old forward Ousmane Dembele since they sold Brazil forward Neymar to Paris St-Germain for a world record £200m last week.

Klopp is prepared to kick off the campaign with Ragnar Klavan and Joe Gomez providing backup to first-choice pairing of Dejan Lovren and Joel Matip at the heart of Liverpool's defence.

Much the same happened to Liverpool nearly exactly four years ago when Arsenal bid for Suarez, who said he wished to go.

"It could even reinforce team spirit, showing that players can come and go, but Barca will stay at the top". He has enjoyed his time in Liverpool and would probably not want to leave for any other club.

It was already a disappointing situation, but I think supporters appreciate how hard it is to get deals done in a climate where massive transfer fees are being quotes and rich clubs don't need to sell their best players.

The young Brazilian played 34 games across all competitions for the Reds last season, scoring 11 goals while also providing eight assists.

Instead, they have been reminded that their status is diminished.

On the eve of the Premier League, the transfer tug-of-war is only heating up.

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