Published: Sun, August 13, 2017
Sports | By Mabel Barber

Liverpool's owners: Coutinho is not for sale

Liverpool's owners: Coutinho is not for sale

Liverpool owners FSG had issued a statement on Friday, insisting there was no chance of Coutinho moving on this month. Liverpool had denied initial reports but it has now emerged that the Liverpool No.10 made his intentions clear after manager Jurgen Klopp's pre-match press conference.

Asked if the transfer request changed anything, Klopp said: "You have to ask the club".

The Independent has been told Liverpool will maintain their stance not to sell but understand that Coutinho was "floored" by FSG's statement on Friday and that a move to Barcelona remains his dream. In today's edition, the ownership group of Liverpool Football Club released a statement, espousing the same position that they have maintained all along- Coutinho is not going to Barcelona, and that he's simply not for sale at this time.

Coutinho's relationship with Klopp has also reportedly soured over the last few days and the player has no intention of ever turning out for the Reds again in the near future.

Should he leave, how can Liverpool replace him, given that they've failed to spend the money they already have?

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Liverpool conceded in second-half injury time to draw 3-3 at Watford on Saturday as the team's defensive frailties flared in its first game of the Premier League season.

It is no wonder that Liverpool want "The Little Magician" to remain with the club as has really flourished at Merseyside. "He has tremendous love for the club and its fans but, like Steven Gerrard and Luis Suárez have pointed out in the past, Liverpool does not let its players leave on amicable terms". There is actually nothing else to say about it.

According to reports from the Guardian, Coutinho requested his transfer via email, but the Reds have rejected it straightaway. Of course a player of huge talents was always going to attract the attention of Europe's very biggest clubs, but one thing was for sure - he wouldn't kick up a fuss.

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

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