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Liverpool Deny Claims Philippe Coutinho Has Submitted Transfer Request

Liverpool Deny Claims Philippe Coutinho Has Submitted Transfer Request

Fenway Sports Group, which owns the club, released a statement shortly thereafter saying that no offers for Coutinho would be considered despite his request to leave.

He joined Liverpool from Inter Milan for £8.5m in 2013.

Off the back of Liverpool's statement, some markets were shut on Coutinho's future and he became 1/10 to stay at Anfield.

Liverpool have rejected two bids from Barca for the Brazil forward, the second a reported £90 million offer on Wednesday, and have made clear they have no intention of selling a player who agreed a five-year contract last January.

However, by lunch time on the eve of the club's season opener at Watford, they were anticipating his request with some media outlets reporting he had already sent it through. But, the Reds seem to be denying any such incident, and remain rigid on the fact that the Brazil worldwide would not be going anywhere this season.

Coutinho is Barcelona's top target to replace Neymar following the striker's world record move to Paris Saint-Germain.

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We must stick to our identity and idea, show togetherness and fighting and working attitude". If we do that throughout the course of the season, I am sure we will be all right.

They said that they want to offer clarity as regards their position on a possible transfer of Philippe Coutinho, ' read a statement on the club's official website.

FSG's statement was an endorsement of Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp's previous comments that Coutinho was not going anywhere.

It is understood Coutinho - who is out of Saturday's Premier League clash with Watford because of a back problem - declared his desire to leave the Merseyside club on Friday by submitting a transfer request via email. "I hope of course that we will win the game, that's the most important thing in the first game".

But Klopp is not anxious by the situation, insisting his only concern regards the fitness of the Brazilian, who misses the game at Watford through injury and is also doubtful for the Champions League first leg qualifier against Hoffenheim in midweek.

The 25-year-old was their leading scorer with 14 goals in all competitions last term, a season that saw Klopp's men secure a fourth-placed finish in the Premier League. "The bigger issue is that he's not available to play".


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