Liverpool fury at Philippe Coutinho request

Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp

Coutinho has emerged as a top target for Barca as they look to replace Neymar, following his €222million switch to Paris Saint-Germain.

However, confusion reigned on Friday morning when, after Liverpool released a statement announcing that Coutinho will stay in Merseyside this summer, reports claimed the player himself has handed in a transfer request.

Bellamy said of the situation, "This is Coutinho, who has the opportunity to play with Lionel Messi, the best player to play football, to go to one of the best clubs in football".

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

"He has tremendous love for the club and its fans but, like Steven Gerrard and Luis Suarez have pointed out in the past, Liverpool does not let its players leave on amicable terms".

"But at the end of the day it comes down to Philippe Coutinho and his decision, what he's prepared to do, what type of war he's prepared to create to get out because Liverpool won't make it easy for him".

Coutinho scored 13 goals in 31 league appearances for Liverpool last season to help the club qualify for the Champions League.

But Coutinho responded to Liverpool's stance by declaring his intentions via email to head for the exit.

As far as he is concerned, though, a line has been drawn and a close family member was quoted as saying: 'Philippe has tried very hard to find an amicable solution to this situation but to no avail.

Klopp also said he had "nothing to say about this" when asked what Coutinho had said to him regarding the Barcelona interest.

After Barcelona shipped Neymar to PSG for a world record fee, the Catalan club has money to burn. It was a subject Klopp alluded to before learning that Coutinho had submitted his request.

The boss confirms Philippe Coutinho will not be available for the trip to Watford due to a back problem. That's how life is.

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