Coutinho hands transfer request to Liverpool

Even in the best case scenario, he is unlikely to play a significant role in either of the club's first two league games or in their Champions League playoff.

Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp has repeatedly said the club will not be selling the 25-year-old Coutinho, who has become a key player for the Premier League team and Brazil in recent years.

"Sanchez and Coutinho fall into the same bracket for me - if you lose them, you might as well pack your bags and go home now.

You can read it and there is nothing else to say about it" Klopp said.

That's according to The Times' Paul Joyce amid speculation the Brazilian wants to quit Anfield for a move to Barcelona.

It is understood Barcelona are prepared to pay up to £110m for Coutinho, who signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract at Liverpool in January, but FSG's statement had seemed to clear up his future. Instead of depending on one player, the team has to come up with a unique style and technique of playing to make them stand out from the rest of their rivals.

Yet with Liverpool steadfastly refusing to soften their position in the face of a third offer, Coutinho chose to attempt to take matters into his own hands.

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

In the press conference, Klopp was asked about trying to keep Coutinho happy.

"It's not about this at the moment". Phil is not available for us, that's the bigger issue for me.

Sanchez is unsettled at the Emirates Stadium and has been linked with a move to Paris St Germain and Manchester City, while the Reds have rejected a £90million bid from Barcelona for Coutinho.

Coutinho will not travel to Vicarage Road this weekend and is also a doubt for the first leg of Liverpool's Champions League play-off against Hoffenheim on Tuesday.

"I just think that over the course of the season they need more".

Coutinho scored 14 goals in 36 appearances for Liverpool last season.

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