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Coutinho asks to leave Liverpool as Barcelona circle

Coutinho asks to leave Liverpool as Barcelona circle

"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".

Liverpool star Philippe Coutinho has handed in a transfer request, which came just hours after Liverpool's owners issued a statement saying he would not be sold.

Barcelona are thought to be eager on recruiting Coutinho and, according to Sky Sports News, the main reason he wants to leave Liverpool is because, as a Brazilian, he finds it impossible to turn down interest from the Camp Nou.

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. It was a subject Klopp alluded to before learning that Coutinho had submitted his request.

Liverpool will have a "great chance" of winning the Premier League title this season if they sign Virgil van Dijk and hang on to Philippe Coutinho.

With their 2017/18 campaign kicking off on Saturday, Jürgen Klopp's side are trying their hardest to quash any potential departures, as exemplified by their statement on Friday morning clarifying their stance on the Coutinho situation.

"I can't keep players happy, if you are not happy you won't be if I say be happy".

"I think I have said it already a few times, but maybe that's not 100 percent clear".

This development is something Liverpool have dreaded all summer and the timing, ahead of two games of huge importance, could not be worse for the club.

Previous reports from Spain had claimed the blaugrana would have been ready to offer huge cash plus the likes of Rafinha or Andre Gomes in exchange for the services of Coutinho and Juventus from Italy had been keeping a close eye on the developments of negoations.

"It's not about this, Phil is not available for us, that's the biggest issue that he's not available to play".

Coutinho, who joined Liverpool from Inter Milan for £8.5 million in 2013, signed a new five-year contract with the northwest side in January that did not include a buy-out clause.