Liverpool reject Philippe Coutinho transfer request, say reports

Jurgen Klopp | File  AP

The statement issued by FSG read: "We wish to offer clarity as regards our position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho".

Merseyside club received the request directly from the player via email on Friday afternoon.

Liverpool have rejected a second bid from Barcelona for influential Brazilian playmaker Philippe Coutinho worth £90.3 million, British media claimed Wednesday.

"However, that is all change now the player has made a transfer request".

Liverpool have already seen both Luis Suárez and Javier Mascherano leave the club to join Barcelona in recent years, and the Reds don't want to let them pick off another one of their top players this summer.

LIVERPOOL will rebuff any bids for Philippe Coutinho in this transfer window, the club's American owners said on Friday, in the latest blow to Barcelona in its attempts to replace Neymar.

The source said that Coutinho will not be sold and that Liverpool consider the matter closed, with the club's owners now publicly backing that stance up in a statement.

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With the Reds' ownership professing their insistence that Coutinho will also be staying, Liverpool's Spanish-language Twitter account could not resist a jibe.

However his clubs refusal to negotiate has forced him to hand in an official transfer request.

Barcelona are fast running out of options in their hunt for a replacement for Neymar - who moved to PSG in a £198m deal - with another target, Ousmane Dembele, also blocked from moving by Borussia Dortmund.

The same family member revealed problems have been brewing behind the scenes between Klopp and Coutinho over the last six months.

This was swiftly rejected leaving Jurgen Klopp to declare Coutinho was not for sale. 'We can't afford a nothing season where we don't compete - what's the point of Klopp being here if you're going to sell your best players?'

Sky Sports claim Coutinho has responded to FSG's statement by telling Liverpool that he wants to leave.

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